A central register of the blue card status of home-based carers has been established. This enables information to be shared among key government agencies that have a role in protecting children.
The agencies include Queensland Police, the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and the Department of Education. Authorised staff from these agencies can access the register to check the blue card status of home-based carers or adults living in the home where care is provided.
The register has been set up in response to the Queensland Family and Child Commission’s report, When a child is missing: Remembering Tiahleigh (PDF, 4.4MB).
All adults living in a home where home-based care is provided to children must have current blue cards (even if they are not directly involved in the care of children).
Home-based care means foster or kinship care, home-based family day care, and stand-alone care provided to a child in the home of a carer.
What does this mean if you provide home-based care?
Now is the time to make sure that your blue card records are up-to-date. Here's how to do that:
Update your contact details
online when your details change. You can also do this by calling the Blue Card Service contact centre on 1800 113 611 or (07) 3211 6999.