The Corporate Unit is the only service provided through the RAATSICC secretariat.
The Corporate Unit is instrumental in guiding RAATSICC’s professional practice. In early 2015, as a result of constitutional changes this program extended to cover all areas of the FNQ Region.
The Corporate Unit has serviced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for over 2 decades. As the peak body on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child, Youth and Family Matters in the FNQ Region, this program aims to educate on major trends and issues, support community controlled initiatives and advocates for sustainability in all aspects of Child, Youth and Family Matters.
From humble beginnings The Corporate Unit continues to be delivered solely through the support of donations and RAATSICC Membership fees, reaffirming our commitment to achieving better outcomes for Children, Youth and Families.
This Advisory program is tailored to support RAATSICC members to address issues relating to Child, Youth and Families. We achieve this through:
- Consultations: community and individual (fee for service)
- Shared facilitation of community awareness programs
- Networking mechanisms
- Joint initiatives
- Auspicing of funds
This support is not limited to the items outlined nor is it given without prior request.
Program and Client Services (PACS) Unit
The Program and Client Services (PACS) Unit provides 4 services:
- Recognised Entity Service (RE)
- Strong Active Family Engagement Service(SAFE)
- Remote Indigenous Child Witnesses of Domestic Violence Support Unit (CWDV Support Unit) Counselling Service
- Ma’aathan Women’s Shelter, Aurukun
Recognised Entity Service (RE)
RAATSICC delivers the Recognised Entity Service (RE) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from the remote communities of Cape York. This service has two (2) core functions:
- Provides cultural and family information and advice to Child Safety Services, in relation to child protection matters.
- Provides families with information to help understand the child protection process and decisions made by Child Safety Services.
When advising, the RE prioritise the following:
- The Safety of the Child
- What is in the best interest of the Child
- The Child’s rights
- The Child’s physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing
- Cultural necessities
- Maintaining Child’s connections with Kin, Culture and Country
RE is consulted at significant decision-making points of the child protection continuum this includes:
- Investigation and Assessment;
- Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN);
- Court Support;
- Case Planning; and
The Far North Queensland Region is made up of 8 Child Safety Service Centres(CSSC), 5 of which our service predominately provide the Recognised Entity Service to:
- Cape York South CSSC
- Thursday Island CSSC
- Cooktown CSSC
- Cape York North and Torres Strait Islands CSSC
- Weipa CSSC
RAATSICC RE Advisors:
- Assist communities to establish and coordinate Child Protection Committees
- Assist individuals and families to understand Child Safety’s decisions
- Attend Family Group Meetings (FGM)
- Assist with and participate in community events
- Provide education and awareness on Child Protection
- Liaise with local Child Protection Committees
RAATSICC coordinates and employs RE Advisors in the communities of:
- Cooktown (Servicing Cooktown, Hope Vale, Laura, Wujal Wujal)
- Lockhart River
- New Mapoon (servicing Bamaga, Injinoo, New Mapoon, Seisia and Umagico)
- Weipa (Servicing Mapoon, Napranum and Weipa)
Strong Active Family Engagement Service (SAFE)
The RAATSICC Strong Active Family Engagement Service (SAFE) aims to support vulnerable Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families with children (*unborn and/or under 18 years). This service will focus on the family’s social, emotional, physical and spiritual strengths to develop healthy relationships and connections to safely care for and protect themselves and their children at the earliest possible opportunity.
Service users will have access to a coordinated mix of support services which will be tailored, holistic, coordinated and culturally responsive to their specific needs.
All service support is provided to clients on a voluntary basis
RAATSICC SAFE workers provide support in:
- Parenting skills
- Kinship connections
- Housing and responsibilities
- Household management skills
- Food and nutrition
- Referral to specialist services – counselling, social and emotional wellbeing
- Child development needs
*all concerns about an unborn child cannot be referred without consent from the mother
The SAFE service is delivered in the following communities:
All referrals are to be sent through to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remote Indigenous Child Witnesses of Domestic Violence Support (CWDV) Unit
The Remote Indigenous CWDV Support Unit provides support to children and young people under the age of 18 years, experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) domestic and family violence.
Child Counsellors work alongside children, young people and their families to deliver therapeutic services in line with individual and/or group case support plans.
Counsellors are able to create activities that help children and young people identify issues, acknowledge their strengths to make choices, decisions and plans for their future.
Referrals (including self-referrals) are accepted for children and young people from the communities of:
- Lockhart River;
- Mapoon; and
How do CWDV Counsellors service our clients?
- Engage a holistic approach to case management, considering the child and young persons family dynamics.
- Provide Protective Behaviour sessions to children and young people in order to develop personal safety skills.
- Service delivery is age and culturally appropriate and builds on existing community supports available.
- Participate in networking opportunities and work collaboratively with other services in the prevention of child abuse and neglect and domestic and family violence.
Topics covered as part of the case plan for each referred client include:
- Assessment (Consent, Building Rapport)
- Physical and Emotional Abuse
- Feelings (Triggers, Coping)
- Self Discovery
- Support Planning
- Celebration of achievements
Referrals can be directly forwarded to:
Support Link (via referrals from police and other emergency services):
- Victim Assist Queensland: call 1300 546 587
Ma’aathan Women’s Shelter, Aurukun
The Ma’aathan (Helping Hands) Women’s Shelter provides an immediate response to homelessness for women and children affected by domestic and family violence in the community of Aurukun. The shelter provides:
- Safe and secure accommodation for women and their children
- Confidentiality and privacy
- Information and referrals
- Practical support according to needs
- Shelter staff will organise and participate in local early intervention and prevention activities aimed at reducing the incidence of domestic and family violence in Aurukun.
RAATSICC is committed to building a no-tolerance attitude to domestic and family violence.
Ma’aathan Women’s Shelter staff are available Monday to Friday during office hours and via an on-call 24-hour support service on weekends and public holidays.
Women and children accessing the shelter are provided with or supported to receive information regarding:
- Referral to counselling services;
- Assistance with accessing housing support;
- Information on Domestic Violence and Family Violence;
- Information on Domestic Violence Protection Orders;
- Development of Safety Plans;
- Advocacy and Support;
- Support to access DVConnect and other shelters;
- Outreach follow up.
To refer to this service please call 4060 6000, or email email@example.com, or present at the shelter during office hours.