Working for a better future and outcomes for our children
Working Together to Ensure Equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in the Early Years Position Paper
Prepared by SNAICC – National Voice for our Children and Early Childhood Australia (ECA), the position paper, and longer discussion paper, highlight key issues that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the early years, and makes recommendations to government and policy makers on critical actions to progress equality.
A majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are thriving, with support from a unique web of family, community and culture.
However, some of our First Nations children are still facing ongoing challenges that stem from colonisation and its effects, including discrimination, poverty, systemic removal, intergenerational trauma, dislocation from land and culture, and community disempowerment.
Achieving equality would require redressing these challenges – in particular, persistent and ongoing trauma – through a holistic approach based on the social determinants of health.
The position paper highlights two key strategies for improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the early years:
- Integrated, family-focused support programs that impact the home learning environment.
- High-quality early education.
The position paper draws from the discussion paper, Ensuring equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the early years, prepared by SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, and Early Childhood Australia.
To access a copy of the position paper:
The Family Matters Report 2018
Measuring trends to turn the tide on the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care in Australia
Cape York Partnership Family Empowerment Report
I am pleased to present the Cape York Partnership Family Empowerment Report for January–June 2018. This Report showcases the continuing hard work and successes of the many committed individuals and families that we work with across Cape York, as they seek to close the gap on Indigenous inequality and disadvantage and create a better future for the generations to come. We are honoured to share their stories with you.
Across the Cape York Welfare Reform (CYWR) communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge, 2,411 individuals have now signed up to one or more Opportunity Products; 2,137 (88%) are still current members. These partners across the CYWR communities have: learnt to budget and take charge of their family finances; saved over $3.1M for their children’s education; strengthened their parenting skills to provide their children with the essentials for a happy and healthy future in their homelands of Cape York and beyond, and much more.
A good education is key to ensuring our children have the requisite skills and tools to fulfil their potential and have the future they deserve. In this Report, we highlight how students of Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA), Djarragun College, Girl Academy and Cape York Leaders Program (CYLP) are supported to attend, learn and flourish. We pursue opportunities that enable our students to achieve great things. For example, the CYAAA school band recently showcased their musical abilities, talents and confidence by performing on stage in front of a large audience at the Big Talk One Fire Indigenous festival in Cairns.
In this report you will read about how Cape York Employment (CYE), Bama Services and Cape York Timber continue to support Indigenous employment and economic development, which is a key objective of CYWR. By the end of June, CYE had placed 598 jobseekers into employment with 137 (23%) having remained in their jobs for 26+ weeks.
Maintaining our strong cultures and languages is also critical. Pama Language Centre has had further great success in utilising the mediums of music, art and film as a means to engage First Nations people in their Ancestral Languages.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we and our partners progress on our empowerment journey. We look forward to sharing further progress as more of our partners achieve their individual goals.
CEO, Cape York Partnership
Key Resources, Research, Publications and Conferences NOV2018
National Framework: Resources
- National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children Annual Report 2014-15 and 2015-16. DSS: here
- National Framework for protecting Australia's children indicators. AIHW: here
- Child protection Australia 2016-17. AIHW: here
- National Framework Third Action Plan 2015-18. DSS: here
- The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. DSS: here
- National Framework Evaluation Report. ACIL Allen Consulting: here
- Taking stock and moving ahead. Families Australia: here
- General information about the National Framework: here
- Unique needs of rural & remote Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people with disability. Croakey: More
- Position paper on the case for a respite service in the NDIS. Carers Australia: More
- Random drug tests of parents of at-risk children begins in SA. ABC: More
- Healthy Minds Program Trial to give Year 8 students skills to manage mental health. Health Minister: More
- Promoting positive mental health in children, young people and their educators. Be You: More
- Causes, signs and support actions for children who have experienced trauma. CELA: More
- Finalists announced for the 2018 Young People’s Human Rights Medal. AHRC: More
- Child wellbeing progress in New Zealand, putting children on the agenda. PHANZ: More
- Supportive housing changes the lives of families in crisis. RWJF: More
- Adolescent mental health fact sheet. WHO: More
- National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing. Mayi Kuwayu: More
- Submissions open for two upcoming Child Abuse & Neglect international journal special issues. More
- Submissions to support the understanding and analysis of opportunities for change across the ACT child protection system close 7 Jan. ACT Govt: More
- What helps young people with intellectual disability & support workers in their work together? RCYPD: More
- Call for journal contributions to mark ACWA’s 60th Anniversary. More
- Final stage of QLD child safety legislation reform amendments in place. CSYW: More
- Apply for grant to deliver the Family Relationship Advice Line, closes 12 Dec. Aust Govt: More
- Call for journal contributions to mark ACWA’s 60th Anniversary. More
- The incredible reality for young carers. 7:30 report transcript and video. ABC: More
- Insight TV episode on Children of Prisoners. SBS: More
- Webinar recording & transcript, What is infant and child mental health and why is it important for all practitioners to think about it? CFCA: More
Australian Child Rights Taskforce (2018). The Children’s Report Australia’s NGO coalition report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Unicef Australia.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2018). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent and youth
health and wellbeing 2018: in brief. Cat. no. IHW 198. Canberra: AIHW.
Douglas, B. & Stephens, L. (2018). We all pay the price: Our drug laws are tearing apart Australia’s social fabric, as well as harming drug users and their families. Australia 21.
Toivonen, C. & Backhouse, C. (2018). National Risk Assessment Principles for domestic and family violence. (ANROWS Insights 07/2018). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS
Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Eighth Gathering (hosted by The Healing Foundation and the University of Sydney)
Our Knowledge, our wisdom, our promise – For our grandchildren’s grandchildren
Sydney: 26 to 29 November 2018. More
2018 Stop Domestic Violence Conference
Gold Coast: 3-4 December 2018.More
2019 Calendar of Indigenous Conferenceshere
Submit a paper for upcoming Indigenous Conferenceshere
No More Harm National Conference
Gold Coast: 25-26 March 2019. More
Early Childhood Learning & Development Conference 2019
Hosted by Child Australia
Perth: 29-30 March 2019. More
Child Aware Conference 2019
Hosted by Families Australia
Brisbane: 16-17 May 2019.
Call for abstracts now open More
Ninth International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society
19–20 September 2019
University of California, Berkeley USA.
Call for abstracts now open. More
New Workforce Strategy for our Sector
The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector Workforce Strategy 2018-2023 is about to be released. The Strategy identifies priorities, objectives and actions designed to address the workforce needs of our sector, to enable staff to provide support to either, keep our children and families out of the statutory system or meet their needs while they are in it.
The Strategy focuses on strategic workforce issues, many of which must be addressed at the state level.
An Implementation Plan accompanies the Strategy to support the development of local and/or regional actions, with a focus on understanding and addressing local and regional needs. QATSICPP staff will be offering support to services to complete local implementation plans.
The Strategy acknowledges the importance of achieving work-life balance for staff of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection organisations and provides a structured pathway towards further self-determination within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection sector.
The Workforce Strategy is a living document spanning five years, with annual reviews to enable incorporation of actions aligned to emerging priorities.
QATSICPP acknowledges members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing Program – Strategic Implementation Group – Workforce Development Working Group who developed the Workforce Strategy.
An overview of the Workforce Strategy and Implementation Plan can be downloaded here.
For further information on the Workforce Strategy, contact Dion Tatow at QATSICPP – firstname.lastname@example.org