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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

Research:

  • Sacred Heart Mission staff shares what government needs to know about homelessness.ProBono: More
  • Mapping project highlights challenges & health impacts of siblings of people with disability. AIFS: More
  • Building resilience in vulnerable young people to combat youth suicide. NITV: More
  • Lived experience advice to teens and adults with FASD. NOFASD Australia: More
  • Intervention to make GPs more accessible to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander patients. RACGP: More
  • Almost 40% of VIC young people living in out-of-home care don’t have a current caseworker. SMH: More
  • The importance of building executive function skills in child development. CDC/ Harvard: More
  • Doco explores how a ghost story became an exploration of the impact of childhood trauma. ProBono: More
  • Federal election call for commitments to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children. Family Matters: More
  • Are you working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their families? Increase your awareness and understanding of intergenerational trauma. Fact sheet by Prof Helen Milroy. More

Funding Opportunities:

  • By 27 May. AMP’s Tomorrow Fund supports talented/ innovative Australians with $5K - $100K grants. More

Submissions/Consultations:

  • Outcomes Framework Consultation closes 31 May. Government of South Australia: More
  • Present evidence / submission to the National Youth Commission into Employment & Transitions: More

Resources:

  • Tips on helping children have safe and enjoyable experiences online. eSafety Commissioner: More
  • National directory of AOD treatment services app for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander people. AODKC: More
  • Tips for practitioners supporting children in families with complex needs. Emerging Minds: More

Publications:

D’Antoine H, Abbott P, Sherwood J, Wright M, Bond C, Dowling C, Lehmann D, Eades A, Bessarab D. (2019). A collaborative yarn on qualitative health research with Aboriginal communities. Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin 19 (2).

Fowkes, L. (2019). The application of income support obligations and penalties to remote Indigenous Australians 2013-18. CAEPR Working Paper No 126/2019. Australian National University.

House of Representatives Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence. (2019). Living on the Edge: Inquiry into Intergenerational Welfare Dependence. Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Joint Select Committee on oversight of the implementation of redress related recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. (2019). Getting the National Redress Scheme right: An overdue step towards justice. Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Kezelman, C.A. & Stavropoulos, P.A. (2017). Talking About Trauma - Guide to Everyday Conversations for the General Public. Sydney: Blue Knot Foundation.

Lowell et al. (2018). The‘invisible homeless’ – challenges faced by families bringing up their children in a remote Australian Aboriginal community. BMC Public Health 18:1382.

Conferences, Events and Training:

View full conference listingshere
View training & other events here

In March 2019 CREATE launched its new report, Out-of-Home Care in Australia: Children and Young People’s Views After 5 Years of National Standards.  Last year CREATE conducted the largest ever independent survey of children and young people with a care experience in Australia, surveying 1275 children and young people with a care experience about their experiences in the out-of-home care system.   

Snapshot of the findings are below:

  • 44% of respondents reported being aware of having a case plan, but only 43% of these had been involved in its preparation
  • Children and young people in home-based care tended to have a more stable care experience than in Residential Care or Independent Living; Kinship Care respondents reported the most stable placements, with three quarters of these meeting the Standard.
  • Of children and young people in care who identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, 
  • 93% of children and young people said they felt safe and secure in their current placements with 81% of respondents also indicating they felt happy in their placements.
  • 36% of young people with siblings in care were separated from all their brothers and sisters.
  • Carers were significantly more involved than were caseworkers in helping children and young people maintain family contact and helping young people in their education needs.

Some powerful quotes from children and young people about culture:

  • Having a say about going home to community and having my cultural ceremonies or getting smoked when I am sick or else it will be worse for me, and something bad could happen to me. (Female, 14 years)
  • I'd like to talk more with my caseworker. I'd love to learn everything about my culture. (Male, 14 years)
  • I want to find out if I have a cultural support plan so I can get help finding more info about my culture and where my family was from. (Female, 14 years)
  • I would like to know who my family is and where I come from which is hard because both of my grandparents were members of the stolen generation. (Female, 16 years)

To access the reports and read more, https://create.org.au/publications/2018-create-report/

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.

Legal Aid Queensland (LAQ) established a First Nations Advisory Committee in 2018 to lead the ongoing development of LAQ’s capability in providing best practice legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The First Nations Advisory Committee (FNAC) membership includes:

1. Joshua Creamer, Board member (FNAC Chair)

2. Margaret McMurdo AC, Board Chairperson

3. Representatives from two community organisations providing general assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
i. Deanne Minniecon, Brisbane South PHN
ii. David Wragge, DATSIP

4. Representative from the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland
iii. Candice Hughes, Executive Officer

5. Two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee representatives; one lawyer and one administrative
iv. Marcia Sullivan, Lawyer, Mount Isa
v. Selena Rose, Conference Organiser, Ipswich

The FNAC launched its strategic plan on 25 March 2019. The plan provides four key objectives outlining LAQ’s commitment to reducing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the child protection system and the justice system.

  1. LAQ will increase awareness and accessibility of legal aid services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  2. LAQ will be a centre of excellence for culturally capable legal services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  3. LAQ will be a significant employer within the legal profession of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  4. LAQ will contribute to developing a more equitable justice system that addresses the disparity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the broader legal profession

You can read the full LAQ First Nations Strategic Plan 2018-22 at http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/About-us/Corporate-publications/First-Nations-Strategic-Plan-2018–22

 

Josh Creamer

Josh Creamer, Board member (FNAC Chair)

Anthony Rielly

Anthony Rielly

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

  • 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.