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Strengthening the child protection and family support sector

‘What can we do together to attract, recruit and retain the right people now and into the future?’ was the theme of the Queensland Family and Child Commission’s (QFCC) Jobs Family Forum on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

Workforce Council CEO, Paul Stephens, was keynote speaker at the forum and provided insight into workforce challenges and priorities and how industry wide understanding and vision of the workforce will allow us to determine outcomes, target initiatives and investment, and drive change.

The forum was an opportunity for key people from across the child protection and family support sector to work together to co-develop a Career and Capability Framework for the sector.

The framework is an initiative of QFCC’s Strengthening the sector strategy and will be a tool to improve how the sector attracts, retains and develops its workforce. The development of the framework will be informed by key findings from the recent Your Workforce, Your Future: 2016 Survey Report: Queensland’s Child Protection and Family Support Workforce, developed by the Workforce Council in partnership with the QFCC.

The survey report was developed from 86 responses to a survey tool to capture quantitative and qualitative workforce data from government and non-government organisations.

View the Your Workforce, Your Future infographic for key highlights, including:
– A young (72% under 50 years), feminised (73%) workforce
– A sector of small organisations (median workforce size 24)
– A qualified workforce (68% of organisations set minimum employment qualifications)

The survey report results have informed the QFCC’s development of the Strengthening our sector – a strategy for working together for a responsive, sustainable service system across the child and family support sector and the strategy’s first action plan.

For more information and to download the Your Workforce, Your Future: 2016 Survey Report: Queensland’s Child Protection and Family Support Workforce visit http://www.qfcc.qld.gov.au/understanding-our-sectors-workforce