In review: Adopt Change’s National Permanency Conference


In November, the QFCC presented at Adopt Change’s National Permanency Conference at Brisbane City Hall. The conference addressed the importance of permanency for children and the commitment to supporting better outcomes for children during their childhood into their adulthood.

This was a great opportunity to showcase the work of the QFCC exploring failed reunification attempts and how experiencing a reunification breakdown can be very harmful for children. It was timely to highlight the importance of tracking children after they have returned home and explore programs and practices to support safe and successful reunification. 

Other presentations covered areas such as:

  • legislation around the introduction of Permanent Care Orders for children in out-of-home care, by the Honourable Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women;
  • changes in child protection legislation, policies and practices in NSW, by the Honourable Pru Goward MP;
  • federal actions under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 strategy and the new performance outcome framework to measure outcomes across jurisdictions including in areas of permanency, by the Honourable Michelle Landry MP; and
  • the rate of children coming into care and that the number of children has not increased but they are staying in care longer and the flow on impacts towards permanency, by Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeny; along with many other presentations.

For further information and research on reunification from the QFCC, visit the Knowledge and Resources Hub.

For a full list of speakers, visit the National Permanency Conference website.