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Edition 9 - March 2020

  • Farewell to an outgoing Director-General Michael Hogan
  • Parents at Families Australia Meeting
  • CANCELLED : Parent Morning Tea

Beautiful images, Silver Linings, and Gratitude

Equal Chance is strong and focused on its task: Equal Chance is an outlet for images, art, and words from parents and the families with experience of the Qld child protection system.

The editorial team has made the concious decision to keep this edition free of COVID-19 articles. 

Parents thank Michael Hogan

Qld Parent Advisory Committee member and PLTI Parent Leader, Maddison Henaway presented Michael Hogan with a hand painted gift to commemorate his time as Director-General at the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Woman. 

"The four sections in the background represent different communities. Each section features a U-shaped symbol which represents community leaders. In the middle is a meeting circle so all communities can come together to work towards common goals to make positive change for the future."

Parent's involved with FIN thanked Michael for his time and commitment to vulnerable families in Queensland and wished him well with his future endeavours.

Pictures captured by Gina Tilley (left to right) - 1) Michael Hogan and Karyn Walsh, Micah Projects CEO, 2) Maddison Henaway with commemoratvie painting, 3) Dee Davies, Lila Candy and Krystal Pearce, 4) Krystal Pearce. Susie Edwards, Coordinator, The Family Inclusion Network SEQ and Maddison Henaway.

Parents attend Families Australia Meeting in Melbourne

In early March parents Lila and Krystal were sponsored by Families Australia to attend the 9th annual meeting of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing (National Coalition) and Child Aware 2020. The parents share their experience below.

"It was a privilege to meet so many people from different organisations and to learn about the varied approaches that are being used not only in other states of Australia but internationally, particularly New Zealand. I particularly liked the easy to understand language and practical steps in the New Zealand system, their commitment to poverty reduction and the extensive 75 step action plan for system reform.

Calling it the ‘Child Wellbeing Unit’ instead of ‘Child Safety’ or ‘Child Protection’ is also such a simple but effective step in changing the stigma. Language is important.

It was really interesting to hear the Youth Panel reflect on their biggest issues and how these mirrored many of the same issues parents have identified – failing of policy, location, access and navigation of services (homelessness, language, mental health, after hours/crisis, drug and alcohol) and trauma informed training for support services. Also their proposed solutions were again in line with those parents have discussed.

It's really important for us to come to events like this and share our experiences so all services can hear the effect their work is having on the ground. We are committed to changing the connotation that parents are the 'bad guys'. Based on our own experiences, and those we've heard from other parents on the committee, we would love to engage with departments such as Health and Education because they are the front line services in most of our cases and should be actively involved in the strategy for national child safety and well being. 

Most people seemed to agree that parents, poverty and politics are 3 words that no one likes to bring up - but they need to be addressed if we want to bring about real change."

FIN Parents Lila Candy and Krystal Pearce.

The Family Inclusion Network SEQ takes the health of parents and families who share their lives with us, very seriously.

To minimise risk to the broader community at local gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Parent Morning and Afternoon Teas until at least the end of May 2020.

FIN is still operating and we'd love to hear from you - if you would like to speak to a team member please call us on 07 3013 6030 or email us at

We hold morning teas with parents to share their experiences with other parents who have walked along the same path.

Contact us to find out the next morning tea date!
The Family Inclusion Network SEQ
07 3013 6030
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The Family Inclusion Network SEQ
07 3013 6030

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