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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

National Framework: Resources

  • (NEW!National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children Annual Report 2014-15 and 2015-16. DSS: here
  • (NEW!) National Framework for protecting Australia's children indicators. AIHW: here
  • (NEW!) 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



  • UN review of Australia's record on women's rights issues 90 recommendations. The Conversation:More
  • Safeguarding children & young people portal provides invaluable research and resources. ACU:More
  • Children as citizens – social justice in the early years. CELA:More
  • Competition and contestability in the social sector - a conversation with Robert Fitzgerald AM. SVA:More
  • Human-centered design can create more effective social service programs. Child Trends:More
  • Self regulation expert says there's no such thing as a bad kid. ECA:More
  • Women of Influence 2018 - recognising young leaders. The Herald:More
  • Working with Aboriginal communities in the context of DFV. PeakCare:More
  • Examining the intersection between the child protection and youth justice systems in Australia. CFCA:More
  • #YouCanTalk unites national agencies in the prevention of suicide. Life In Mind:More
  • Podcast, Child Abuse: Communication is key. NICE Talks:More
  • Free online training for frontline workers of DFV clients experiencing tech facilitated abuse. eSafety:More
  • New Childcare Package clarification – treatment of absences for transitioning enrolments. DET:More
  • Using CEBC as a tool for teaching evidence-based practice. T&F online:More



  • 2018 National Child Protection Week downloadable posters. NAPCAN:More
  • Victorian Reportable Conduct Scheme information sheets. CCYP:More
  • 'This My Mob' app: a virtual place for Indigenous Australians to connect. NITV:More
  • 30 sec film initiated by the Logan Community to End Domestic and Family Violence. YFS Logan:More
  • National Risk Assessment Principles for DFV: quick reference guide for practitioners. ANROWS:More
  • Three essential resources to help you work collaboratively. The Health Foundation:More


For Kids Sake (2018). Childhood Matters: Towards an evidence-based approach to addressing risks, harm & trauma to children from family separation and family violence. For Kids Sake.

Modecki, K., Uink, B. & Barber, B. (2018). Antisocial behaviour during the teenage years: Understanding developmental risks. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 556. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. 

Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia (2018). Interim report: Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Commonwealth of Australia.

Taylor-Collins, E. (2018). Evidence for good: How charities use evidence to boost their influence and impact. Alliance for Useful Evidence.

Toivonen, C. & Backhouse, C. (2018). National Risk Assessment Principles for domestic and family violence. (ANROWS Insights 07/2018). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS



 ISPCAN XXII International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect

Prague, Czech Republic. 2-5 September 2018.
Registrations now open.More

Child abuse: Why wait until it’s too late?
National Child Abuse Prevention Forum 2018
Canberra: 3 September 2018. ARACY:

2018 Early Childhood Conference
Be the Difference for Children and Families
Sydney: 19-22 September 2018.

Multicultural LGBTIQ Conference:Living & Loving in Diversity
Melbourne: 21-23 September 2018.

ACE-Aware Scotland
Adverse Childhood Experiences Conference
Glasgow: 25-26 September 2018.

The 39th Australian Family Therapy Conference
Family Therapy: Building Community and Networks

Sydney: 11-12 October 2018.

Little People, Big Dreams: 2018 Northern Territory Children’s Learning and Development Conference
Darwin: 13 October 2018.
Child Australia:

Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium 2018
Past. Present. Future. The Remote Possibilities!
Hobart. 15-17 October 2018.

Women in Leadership Summit: Be inspiring, become empowered
Sydney: 15-18 October 2018
Includes pre-event training day and post-event workshop.More

Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018
Evidence, synthesis and implementation: creating impact for stronger communities around the world
Melbourne: 22-24 October 2018.Earlybird registration closes 26 August. More

Eurochild Conference 2018
Building a better Europe with children: All aboard! 
Opatija, Croatia: 29-31 October 2018.

12th International Signs of Safety Gathering
Dublin, Ireland: 6-8 November 2018

Youth Health Conference
Owning Future Change
Surfers Paradise: 7-9 November 2018.

6th National Brain Injury Conference
Brisbane: 13-14 November 2018.
Call for papers closes 24 August.More

FRSA National Conference
Be the change: Leaving no one behind
Cairns: 20 Nov – 23 November 2018.
Early bird registration closes 30 September.

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.
Call for abstracts closes 24 August.More

2018 Calendar of Indigenous Conferenceshere

Submit a paper for upcoming Indigenous Conferenceshere

2019 Conferences

No More Harm National Conference
Gold Coast: 25-26 March 2019.

Early Childhood Learning & Development Conference 2019
Hosted by Child Australia
Perth: 29-30 March 2019. 

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes

Today the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released Australia’s first demographic and policy impact study of the Stolen Generations and their descendants.

Commissioned by The Healing Foundation, this report for the first time provides comprehensive data to illustrate the direct link between the forced removal of tens of thousands of children from their families and the real life symptoms of trauma across our families and communities, for example:

  • 67% live with a disability or restrictive long-term condition,
  • 70% rely on government payments as their main source of income, and
  • 40% have experienced homelessness in the past 10 years.

This data is a demonstration of the lived experience of our Stolen Generations and the pain they have had to endure over a lifetime, which they have bravely and repeatedly detailed in over 19 reports. Twenty one years on from the tabling of the Bringing Them Home Report there has still not been a comprehensive policy response.  

The report is part of an ongoing needs analysis being led by The Healing Foundation, and involving Stolen Generations groups from around Australia. The data is being used to determine priorities for future strategies and services, as part of our Action Plan for Healing. This work was funded by the Federal Government last year and we are hopeful that it will result in the action that is desperately needed to break the trauma cycle and create healing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

I have no doubt that the information contained here will help build a broader understanding of the issues that have been created for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through actions like the forced removal of children from their families. And a better understanding is the first step to creating meaningful change.

Here is the link to the report and a summary of the key findings. Please share this information with your networks. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our work and we look forward to furthering our conversation about the future work needed to support our Stolen Generations members, their descendants and communities.

The Healing Foundation

Link to report:

Link to summary of key findings:

The Healing Foundation has recently released resources on supporting healing for young people.



The resources are designed to support both our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce and our non-Indigenous workforce to have the tools and resources to support quality healing practice.

The Healing Foundation encourages Child Protection, Juvenile Justice and Education Departments to utilise the resources/material in staff training.

Alongside the attached fact sheets, the Healing Foundation also released an animation video that is aimed at assisting the workforce and community to understand the concept of Intergenerational trauma.

The animation video is supported by a video from Professor Helen Milroy – a leading Aboriginal child and family Psychiatrist, to assist people to understand the child and family implications of trauma and how we can support healing.

Professor Milroy has a strong and supportive message about how everybody can do something, and the facts sheets are designed to assist workers to have the tools to act.

To access the link to the animation video and Professor Milroy’s video, click on:


To access a recording of the Healing Foundations webinar “Our Healing, Our Future: shaping strategies with our young people webinar”, click on: 


For more information, please contact the Healing Foundation on 02 6272 7500 or email

The five core elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Poster is now available for download. 

If you could like to download a copy for your office


The five core elements:


Protecting children’s rights to grow up in family, community and culture by supporting families to care safely for their children.


Ensuring the participation of community representatives in service design, delivery and individual case decisions.


Placing children in out-of-home care in accordance with the established ATSICPP placement hierarchy.


Ensuring the participation of children, parents and family members in decisions regarding the safety, belonging and wellbeing of their children.


Maintaining and supporting connection to family, community, culture and country for children in out-of-home care.

For further information, download the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Best Practice Implementation Guide

  • Child Protection Environment


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


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