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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

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. 

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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

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:

  1. Integrated, family-focused support programs that impact the home learning environment.
  2. 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:

 Download the position paper HERE 

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

Measuring trends to turn the tide on the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care in Australia

View the report here

  • 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.