Working for a better future and outcomes for our children
Family Matters Campaign Update
- 22 August 2017
Family Matters is the National Campaign for eliminating the disproportionate representation of our children in statutory child protection systems in Australia. As the national Co-Chair, I am proud to report that the first half of 2017 has seen significant momentum for the Family Matters campaign, with a focus on collaborative political strategy, mobilisation of local champions for change and a very successful inaugural National Week of Action in May.
QATSICPP took the lead in promoting Family Matters and securing QLD Government Support for foundational campaign activities such as publishing the Queensland Family Matters Position Paper, the inaugural Queensland Family Matters Forum hosted in August 2016 and the Post Forum Report. The Family Matters Leadership Group in Queensland, co-chaired by Aunty Rachel Atkinson and Dr Gerald Featherstone, was pleased to celebrate the launch of an Australian first: a 20-year strategy to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care, Our Way, along with Changing Tracks, a three-year action plan authored in partnership with the Queensland Family Matters Leadership Group, but importantly, drawn from the solutions and recommendations put forward by OUR sector, community leaders – during the Family Matters Forum.The Family Matters Statement of Commitment continues to garner support. Current support includes:
- 102 organisations
- 32 state, territory and federal parliamentarians
- 9 children’s commissioners, advocates and guardians.
In Queensland, we continue to focus on the recruitment of local champions, as we recognise that it is through their leadership, within their families, organisations and communities that the most significant and sustainable change can be cultivated. We invite all QATSICPP Members and Supporters to sign the Statement of Commitment (organisations) and sign the Family Matters pledge (individuals). We would welcome your participation on the Queensland Family Matters Leadership Group, so if you are interested, please get in touch with us at QATSICPP, or through the National Campaign Coordinator, Fleur Smith.
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