Australia has the highest rate of children in the child protection system and in out-of-home care in the world, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being over-represented.
In 2008, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made the national apology to those affected by the Stolen Generations. Since then, the number of forcibly removed children has more than doubled.
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. Instead of providing relevant support for the family to properly care for their children, a troublesome situation is often left until it hit crisis point and the children are moved into the system.
The National Forum on Child Protection will examine how to create positive long-term outcomes by shifting focus from the current crisis-driven approach to an early intervention and approach. The forum will also address how to improve Australia’s child protection systems through practical reforms. 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.
Learn from practical case studies from Aboriginal &
Torres strait Islander communities
Contribute towards the improvement of Australia's child protection system
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“I have left the conference completely inspired by the speakers. Clearly Aboriginal people are able to do their own business and I felt so proud of everyone that spoke about their efforts to do that. I would definitely come again. An amazing effort by all. It gave me a sense of renewed energy for my work back home.”
“I wasn't sure what to expect and found the forum exceptional. It was great to network with the team from Child Protection SA and note their passion to ensure ATSI voices are heard and that ATSI people are a part of the decision making. Hearing from such a large number of passionate, innovative and awe inspiring aboriginal leaders and non aboriginal people who are promoting self determination was mind blowing!! My only disappointment is that the rest of my colleagues and management were not able to hear these awesome stories.”
“Attending this conference was a wonderful experience for me both professionally and personally. I reconnected with my Aboriginal heritage and was reminded of all the wonderful accomplishments of my Aboriginal brothers and sisters, of whom I am so very proud.”
“The Forum was a rich tapestry of compelling and heart rendering personal stories, passionate outrage and determination to make a difference, high level commentary on policy initiatives being undertaken in the various states and territories, education, learning and inspiration about the positive achievements and extraordinary results of hard work, commitment and intelligence in an area which has historically been and remains politically maltreated or simply neglected.”
“Thank you for an informative and 'mostly' inspirational and 'hopeful' experience. I left there inspired from all the amazing work people are doing all over the country and hopeful that there are many of us who are drawing our swords of social justice and doing 'battle' with a system in order to keep working for equity from love.”
Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
Commission for Children and Young PeopleView
National Coordinator, National Critical Response Trauma Recovery Project
National Migrant Youth Support Service and Suicide Prevention and Welfare ResearcherView
Founder, NO MORE Campaign Sports Broadcaster, The ABC-Recipient, 2019 NT Senior Australian of the Year, Recipient, 2016 Northern Territory Human-Rights AwardView
Director of Child Protection Litigation
Office of the Director of Child Protection LitigationView
Principal Legal Officer
Family Violence Legal Service Aboriginal Corporation - SAView
Chair - West Australian Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation, Founding Member - Yokai, Executive Director - Bringing Them Home WAView
Critical Response Support Advocate – Northern Territory
National Indigenous Critical Response Service ThirriliView
StandBy Northern Territory Coordinator - National Indigenous Critical Response Service
Chief Social Worker/Director of Professional Practice
Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children
Chief Executive Officer
Association of Children’s Welfare AgenciesView
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal CorporationView
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