Forum to shift the focus on child protection
Australia has the highest rates of children in the child protection system and in out-of-home care in the world, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children over-represented.
Since former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made the national apology in 2008 to those affected by the Stolen Generations, the number of forcibly removed children has risen by 65 per cent.
The current system is in many ways flawed and is working on a crisis-driven approach instead of an early intervention and prevention approach.
The causes to why children end up in the child protection system are often overlooked, and instead of providing relevant support for the family to properly care for their children, the children are moved into the system.
The National Forum on Child Protection being held on 26 – 28 June 2018 at the Hilton, Darwin will examine how to create positive long-term outcomes by shifting the focus from the current crisis-driven approach to an early intervention and approach.
Delegates will learn how to develop collaborative cross-sector partnerships to increase the consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and successfully co-design services, as well as supporting community organisations to deliver services on the ground.
The forum will also address how to improve Australia’s child protection systems through practical reforms.
Participants at the forum will learn how to:
- Shift the focus from a crisis-driven approach to an early intervention and prevention model.
- Consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to co-design services in order to meet the individual community’s needs.
- Create better integration and coordination of services.
- Develop collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal and community organisations to deliver support services for families and children.
- Develop cultural competency within child protection bodies to better engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
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