There are a number of advisory bodies that provide advice and information to the Minister for Child Protection or the Director General on key areas such as adoption, child protection and homelessness. Some advisory groups listed below were established to provide an ongoing forum for the Department to collaborate with its government and non-government partner agencies on key community services based projects.
Adoption Applications Committee
The functions of the adoption applications committee are outlined in Section 13 of the Adoptions Act 1994. They include considering the suitability of people who apply to adopt children and approve, either generally or in accordance with subsection (2), or not approve, such persons as prospective adoptive parents.
Case Review Panel
The Case Review Panel reviews case planning decisions in care plans for children and young people who are in care of the CEO. Once a review is undertaken, the Panel may make recommendations to the CEO of the Department.
Child Safety Directors’ Group
The aim of the Child Safety Directors’ Group (CSDG) is to ensure that all relevant state government agencies work together when helping vulnerable children and young people, and their families. The CSDG was established as a result of the Review Report of the Department for Community Development in July 2007. The Group meets regularly, chaired by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support's Director General. The Group is accountable to each agencies' Ministers and Directors General, led by the Minister for Child Protection.
Community Sector Roundtable
The Community Sector Roundtable (CSR) is an advisory body that reports directly to the Director General, Department for Child Protection and Family Support. The CSR provides advice and information that improves outcomes and strengthens the relationship between the Department and the community services sector in relation to the funding and provision of services. Its terms of reference are to:
- Foster positive and effective working relationships between the Department and the community services sector.
- Identify creative and innovative solutions that will lead to improved service delivery.
- Provide advice on policy and practice in relation to funding arrangements between the Department and the sector in relation to child protection, children and young people in care and individual and family support services.
Ministerial Advisory Council on Child Protection (MACCP)
The Ministerial Advisory Council on Child Protection was established by the Minister for Child Protection to provide independent expert advice on child protection matters.
Western Australian Council on Homelessness
The Western Australian Council on Homelessness was established by the Minister for Child Protection as an external advisory body to Government on homelessness matters. The terms of reference for the Council are to:
- Provide advice and support regarding the outputs within the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, namely:
- Fewer people will become homeless and fewer of these people will sleep rough;
- Fewer people will become homeless more than once;
- People at risk of or experiencing homelessness will maintain or improve connections with their families and communities, and maintain or improve their education, training or employment participation; and
- People at risk of or experiencing homelessness will be supported by quality services, with improved access to sustainable housing.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of state and regional homelessness action plans, ensuring integrated responses across the sector, including non government and government mainstream services, to ensure a more connected and responsive service system.
- Support the implementation of initiatives under the three key strategies of early intervention and prevention; improving and expanding services; and breaking the cycle of homelessness.