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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

Media Release 3 April 2019 – Lacklustre federal budget unlikely to provide required change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
 

SNAICC's response to yesterday's handing down of the federal budget. The statement speaks to the lack of investment in programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, another budget that ignores key calls of the Family Matters approach, and links to SNAICC's election priorities. SNAICC Senior Policy Officer Janelle Young worked overnight reviewing the budget documents to inform this response.
 
Media Release 29 March 2019 – Morrison Government must scrap ParentsNext and stop making women’s lives harder
 
 
The third joint statement in a series with National FVPLS and the Human Rights Law Centre regarding the ParentsNext program. The report from the Senate Inquiry voiced the consensus from many who provided evidence: the program is discriminatory, burdensome on parents, and is not translating to great outcomes for children.
 
Media Release 27 March 2019 – SNAICC to provide voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children through new Closing the Gap Joint Council
 
 
Further to the joint statement from Prime Minister Morrison, Minister Scullion, and Pat Turner, as spokesperson for National Coalition of Peak Organisations – SNAICC welcomed the first meeting of the Closing the Gap Joint Council. The statement highlights the significance of the partnership between governments and community-controlled peak bodies, and the potential this has to deliver greater outcomes for the safety, development and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
 
Media Release 26 March 2019 – Cashless welfare card will not increase safety for Aboriginal children in the NT
 
 
A response to the announcement that the Federal Government will be expanding the cashless welfare card system in the Northern Territory. The statement challenges the government's assertion that this expansion will lead to increased stability and safety for children in the NT, highlighting instead that research has suggested that the system has had key negative impacts.
 
Thanks to all those involved – across board, council and staff – for their work informing these statements for SNAICC.

News and Research

  • New action plan for protecting Australia’s children, Ministers' media release. DSS: More
  • Services with updated details get priority placement in search rankings on Child Care Finder. DET: More
  • The science of early childhood development and its underlying biology influencing practice. CDC: More
  • Update on the National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. More
  • Comprehensive news, research and resources around kinship care. Better Care Network: More
  • #Changethestats - tackling inequality, insecure work & stagnant wages. John Curtin Research Centre: More
  • Inequality continues to rise - addressing needs of vulnerable young parents & children. SUT: More
  • Communities taking steps to reduce social isolation and increase sense of belonging. RWJF: More
  • First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada on giving children a voice. Everyone Benefits: More
  • Digital Friendly WiFi to raise safety standards of public WiFi experiences to keep kids safe. eChildhood: More
  • Historical care and protection orders no longer treated as criminal convictions in Victoria. F&C: More
  • Social & emotional benefits of imaginative play. Child Trends: More

Funding Opportunities

  • Closing 4 March. Tender for specialist counselling services in relation to 1800RESPECT: More
  • Lowitja Institute awards for outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers. Lowitja: More
  • Applications to the National Redress Scheme for counselling, apology or redress payment. DSS: More

Submissions

  • Respond 29 Mar. Access system redesign discussion paper, from crisis to early help. NSW Govt: More
  • Closing 31 Mar, call for chapters of book, The Healing Museum: Strategies for Health and Wellbeing. More
  • Submissions close 5 April. Issues paper for Mental Health Inquiry. Productivity Commission: More

Participation

  • Photo competition and poetry competition to celebrate life in rural & remote Australia. NRHA: More
  • 2019 National NAIDOC Award nominations close 29 March. PM&C: More

Resources

  • Glossary of Healing terms. The Healing Foundation: More
  • Wellbeing topics for primary school students. Student Wellbeing Hub: More
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: A guide to support implementation. SNAICC - National Voice for our Children: More

Publications

Upcoming Conferences

Indigenous Peoples’ Contribution in Australia and Globally
Canberra: 22-23 March 2019. More

No More Harm National Conference
Gold Coast: 25-26 March 2019. More
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Childhood Summit 2019
The bigger picture is healthy and balanced childhood
Brisbane: 28-30 March 2019. More

Early Childhood Learning & Development Conference 2019
Enriching children’s lives
Perth: 29-30 March 2019.
Hosted by Child Australia. More

6th Child Aware Conference
Children Young PeopleFamilies: our concern | our responsibility | our future
Hosted by Families Australia
Brisbane: 16-17 May 2019. More

Child Inclusive Practice Forum 2019
Restoration, Renovation & Rebuilding
Hosted by FRSA.
Darwin: 3-5 June 2019. More

The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference
Thinking, Speaking, Being: First Nations Solutions for Global Change
Darwin: 18-20 June 2019. More
Early bird registration extended to 29 March.

8th SNAICC National Conference
Growing up with strong identity, culture and connection
Call for abstracts closes 22 February
Adelaide: 2-5 September 2019. More

Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing: Communities, families, resilience and resistance
University of Stirling, UK: 5-7 September
Call for abstracts close 28 February. More

Australian Social Policy Conference
Sydney: 9-11 September 2019. More

Ninth International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society
19–20 September 2019
University of California, Berkeley USA.
Call for abstracts now open. More

The Early Childhood Australia (ECA) National Conference
From vision to action
Hobart: 25–28 September 2019. More

New resource: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: A guide to support implementation.  

The guide is designed to support practitioners and policy makers in the children and family sectors from all jurisdictions to develop strategies to improve their implementation of the ATSICPP. Its content is strongly influenced by the expert knowledge and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agencies and leaders in the sector who provided their input to its drafting.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (the ATSICPP) aims to keep children connected to their families, communities, cultures and country, and to ensure the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in decisions about their children’s care and protection. The ATSICPP centres on five elements: prevention, partnership, participation, placement and connection.

To access a copy of the resource CLICK HERE

CREATE Foundation are partnering with QATSICPP and other organisations for a Speak Up Workshop in coming months.

Speak Up is a workshop that empowers young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people (who have a care experience) to grow in leadership, explore culture and have a voice within the care system. Some of the young people who attended the workshop last year have shared their stories, hopes and concerns with professionals in the care sector, making a difference for other young people in care. 

Do you know a young person with a care experience who has important thoughts to share? Please contact andrew.foley@create.org.au or (07) 33176020 for more details. 

DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE

Following participation at SNAICC’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family-led Decision Making Train the Trainer workshop at State Library of Queensland last December, organisations are set to receive training resources (electronic and hard copy) by end of February.

Participating organisations will receive a Family-led Decision Making Facilitator Guide (pictured) incorporating planning and facilitation tips and tools, as well as sessions plans, PowerPoint slides, facilitator notes, handouts and activities for five training modules.

Training resources aim to prepare workers to feel confident and capable in new family-led decision making roles following the start up of Family Participation Programs in late 2018. All training conducted in 2018 on family-led decision making, as well as the training resources, were funded by Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and compiled by SNAICC with support of AbSec and QATSICPP.

Organisations are encouraged to tailor training to suit their teams and communities, including highlighting specific components at team meetings, running a series of short sessions over a period of time, or hosting community and networking information sessions to raise awareness of family-led decision making processes. Each training module has key learning objectives and messages to assist the sector to develop consistency in how family-led decision making is implemented across the state.

Family Led Decision Making Facilitator Guide Cover Screenshot
Family-led Decision Making Facilitator Guide 2019, SNAICC

Written by Eva Ruggiero, SNAICC Senior Training Officer

  • Child Protection Environment

    53.7%

    of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were placed with a kinship or Indigenous carer.
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak

    69,200

    There are 69,200 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children / young people in Queensland.