THE BUZZ – New minimum qualification standards for residential care workers

News from The Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP – Minister for Communities, Women and  Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence

From July next year, all new residential care workers will be required to have or be working towards a minimum Certificate IV in a relevant child welfare or child well-being course.

By the end of 2019 the minimum qualification requirement will be implemented with residential workers holding a Certificate IV or higher.

Ms Fentiman said strengthening the qualification requirements for workers would ensure vulnerable children and young people who find themselves in residential care are cared for by people who have a strong grounding in providing the appropriate care.

“The needs of children in residential care are increasingly complex and that’s why staff need as much specialist child welfare knowledge as possible,” she said. (Ref media statement 2 June 2017)

Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the new requirements within the residential care sector would lift the standard of care for some of Queensland’s most vulnerable children.

AnglicareCQ are planning and preparing for the timely transitioning of existing staff to achieve the qualifications needed closely networking with peak bodies coordinated through PeakCare Queensland.

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