Residential care services NDIS information

Child Safety works with families, carers, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), mainstream Queensland Government agencies and service providers to ensure children and young people with disability across all child protection phases have access to disability supports to meet their needs.

Access for children in your service to the NDIS

We are responsible for ensuring all eligible children and young people in care with a disability or developmental delay can access the NDIS and receive NDIS support where eligible.

For children under 9 years with development concerns or disability we support them and their family and carers to access supports through the NDIS Early Childhood Approach (ECA) delivered by Early Childhood Partners. The partner will provide support to connect with mainstream and community supports and apply to the NDIS for children with a disability who are likely to be eligible. For a child who is younger than 6 they may also provide direct capacity building in the form of 'early supports'.

After a child or young person's NDIS access is confirmed, we support them and their family and carers through all stages of the NDIS process, including:

  • preparation for planning
  • plan development
  • plan implementation
  • monitoring, and
  • review.

Child Safety's preference is to use providers who are registered with the NDIA to make sure they are safe and quality providers.

Developing a child's NDIS plan

Children and young people are more likely to receive an NDIS plan that meets their needs when all the relevant information is available at their NDIS planning meeting.

You can support children and young people in your service through the NDIS process by contributing information about:

  • how their disability or developmental delay impacts on areas such as their:
    • ability to undertake the tasks of daily living (e.g. showering, dressing, eating meals, getting ready to leave the house)
    • communication
    • relationships
    • behaviour
  • the supports and services the child has previously received and those you feel are missing
  • the child's goals and aspirations
  • any disability-specific training or supports that would help the child's care-givers to better understand the child's needs.

NDIS registration

If you are providing disability supports to a child or young person as part of their placement, you should consider registering with the NDIS.

Quality and Safeguards

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission publishes information for providers who are supporting NDIS participants.

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