At its fourth meeting on Tuesday 4 July 2017, the Child and Youth Protection Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee (CYPQAI) maintained its focus on contributing to the quality of child protection policy and practice in the ACT.
The Committee reviewed the proposal for the Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People involved with Child and Youth Protection Services and in Out of Home Care in the ACT. The review will be functionally independent of Child and Youth Protection Services (CYPS) and will be guided by the Child Placement Principles.
Committee experts again met with practice leaders prior to the meeting, gaining valuable insight into practice perspectives and allowing for these to be included in overall discussions.
The Committee approved the work plan in principle and agreed to prioritise the item relating to oversight of critical or adverse events. The Committee will review the management of previous events, including some case examples. This will enable the Committee to assist with defining thresholds used to classify such events and to contribute to the development of a pro-active early intervention strategy to assist Child and Youth Protection Services when managing these events.
The Committee agreed that its role in the review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People involved with CYPS will be one of active engagement. The Committee will work alongside the reviewers undertaking critical analysis of the circumstances, case plans and responses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and their families.
Supporting the workforce supporting vulnerable children
The Committee received detail of the measures currently collected by CYPS on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people engaged with the ACT Child Protection System. The Committee agreed to engage with CYPS staff around potential performance measures of improved outcomes for these children.
The next meeting will be held in October 2017 where the Committee expects to consider the design and methodology development work that has been undertaken for the review into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people engaged with Care and Protection Services.