LEADING CHILD & FAMILY ORGANISATIONS APPLAUD ADDITIONAL FUNDING ON PROTECTING CHILDREN

Many of Australia’s leading community organisations have congratulated the Federal Government on today’s announcement of further funding to strengthen efforts for protecting vulnerable children.

The Minister for Community Services and the Minister for the Status of Women, the Hon. Julie Collins MP, today announced $760,000 in new funding over the next two years to strengthen prevention and early intervention strategies for protecting children.

Welcoming the announcement, Families Australia Chairperson, and National Convenor of Australian Community Children’s Services, Prue Warrilow (ph: 0408 020 904 ) said: ‘this funding builds on a number of important recent Federal Government initiatives in this area, in particular, the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children and the recent Child Aware Approaches conference.’

Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia Chair, Tricia Murray (ph: 0411 704 953), commented: ‘Members of CAFWAA welcome the Commonwealth Government’s announcement to support new Child Aware Approaches projects. These projects ensure that children and families benefit from evidence-led and evaluated interventions that will contribute to their well-being.’

Simon Schrapel, President, Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), and CEO of UnitingCommunities (SA) (ph: 0411 643 132), said: ‘the best way to improve the safety and wellbeing of children in Australia is to ensure families and communities are equipped to support and care for children. The Government’s further investment in a range of child aware initiatives is a welcome commitment to meeting this objective.’

Frank Hytten, CEO, Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care applauded the decision for the opportunity it creates to do more preventative work to support Aboriginal children and families. ‘This demonstrates the commitment of the Government to hear the community voice on these issues.’

Australian Foster Care Association Chair, Bev Orr (ph: 0417 485 737), said: ‘this funding will make a real difference to support organisations delivering truly effective programs on the ground to families and children in all parts of Australia.’

Andrew McCallum, CEO, Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ph: 0409 221 414) welcomed the announcement for initiatives that go to the heart of protecting the most vulnerable children: ‘It’s extremely pleasing to see that the second action plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children remains such a high priority for the Federal Government.’

Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, CEO, David Templeman (ph: 0414 265 122), said: ‘this funding demonstrates genuine national leadership and commitment to enable a real and lasting focus on so many families with critical and complex needs’.

Director of Grandparents Australia, Anne McLeish (ph: 03 9372 2422), commented: ‘grandparents will welcome the funding announced by the Australian Government for new child aware programs. Particularly welcome is the funding for National Child Aware Conferences as forums where people from all walks of life, including grandparents, can engage in discussion of children’s needs.’

Jayne Meyer Tucker, CEO, Good Beginnings Australia (ph: 0447 287 542) said: ‘As an organisation that specialises in holistic prevention and early intervention programs for children living in vulnerable communities Good Beginnings Australia welcomes this support. Changes can be made if we are able to meet them early on and as children are Australia’s future generation they are worth investing in.’

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