Hearing the voice of young people in care

All children and young people have the right to be supported, to belong, grow, connect and thrive, and to have the best opportunity in life to be whoever they want to be. 

Churches of Christ in Queensland’s Children, Youth and Families service is committed to finding different ways to really hear the voices of children and young people with a care experience. 

As one of the largest providers of alternative care options for children in the statutory child protection system in Queensland, and one of the leading providers in early childhood education, family support and transition to adulthood programs, Churches of Christ in Queensland is proud to be the Diamond sponsor of this year’s CREATE Conference, Voices in action: Nothing without us, about us. 

The three day conference held at the Melbourne Zoo from 14 to 16 November, aims to engage young people who have a care experience, decision makers and key stakeholders in conversation on how to improve the current care sector. 

“The CREATE Foundation is a peak consumer body who shares our passion to involve children and young people in making decisions about their lives, and participation in the discussion to give them a choice in their future,” Churches of Christ in Queensland’s Children, Youth and Families General Manager Leanne Rutherford said. 

The CREATE conference is a unique forum that aims to collectively enhance community awareness and reduce the stigma associated with receiving a care experience. 

“We recognise the importance of engaging with young people as both partners and leaders in practice, drawing on their knowledge, experiences, strengths and resilience to shape the future of the care system and improve outcomes for children and young people.

“We want to make sure that children, young people and families are engaged, listened to, and influence service planning and delivery, ensuring that decisions are made in line with the child and young person’s wishes,” Ms Rutherford said.

The 2019 Voices in Action Conference will explore three key issues, including Transitioning from Care, Participation and Decision Making, and Complaints and Record Keeping. View the complete program.  

Our Children, Youth and Families service team will take part in the conference panel discussions, forums and workshops, including: 

  • Luke Tempany, Children, Youth and Families, Business Development and Strategic Partnership Manager
  • Linda Smith, Children, Youth and Families, Regional Manager South East 
  • Kate Martin, Children, Youth and Families, Strategic Manager Programs and Operations
  • Rachel Robinson, Children, Youth and Families, Regional Manager South West
  • Phil Crane, Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Sunshine Coast

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Posted November 7, 2019 in News