The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 (National Framework), Australia’s first ever COAG endorsed plan to improve the safety and wellbeing of children, comes to an end in 2020.
Families Australia was commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS) to lead national consultations on a successor plan on behalf of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing (National Coalition). Families Australia worked closely with SNAICC – National Voice for our Children and the Family Matters Campaign, DSS and State and Territory governments on the successor plan to the National Framework. National consultations were completed in early March 2020.
Families Australia, on behalf of the National Coalition, convened workshops and leadership consultations on the future of national child and family wellbeing policy around Australia. The final report is below.
Delegates attending the annual National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing meeting addressed the question: What more must we do in national policy terms to make Australia a nation in which all children grow up safe and well?
National Coalition consultation Melbourne 10 March 2020
Melbourne workshop 17 February 2020
Progress report on National Consultations 15 November 2019
Canberra workshop and leadership consultation 28 November 2019
Darwin workshop and leadership consultation 21-22 November 2019
Darwin Youth Roundtable consultation 21 November 2019
Perth workshop and leadership consultation 7 November 2019
Sydney workshop and leadership consultation 1 November 2019
Northern Rivers consultation 15 October 2019
Family Inclusion Network (FIN) and ACT for Kids Townsville consultation 11 October 2019
Townsville workshop and leadership consultation 10 October 2019
Brisbane workshop and leadership consultation 9 October 2019
Adelaide workshop and leadership consultation 28 August 2019
Hobart workshop 25 March 2019
In May 2019, the Child Aware Conference in Brisbane launched a policy building process, on behalf of the more than 220 organisations and academics of the National Coalition for Child Safety and Wellbeing. The conference brought to the surface an exciting range of perspectives about what a future plan might look like. Many delegates talked about the need for a visionary, well-resourced plan to contain targets and stronger results-based accountability to drive stronger prevention and early intervention approaches for children and families, especially those experiencing disadvantage. Delegates highlighted the vital importance of addressing the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities and stressed the importance of hearing and responding to the voices of children, young people and families.
In August 2019, a major policy design workshop was held under the auspices of the National Forum for Protecting Australia’s Children. Commonwealth, State and Territory senior officials and National Coalition representatives discussed key elements of a national plan. Themes included the need to intensify prevention and early intervention approaches and targeted supports for families experiencing disadvantage. Some spoke about the need to emphasise wellbeing as well as safety aspects, and the importance of better integrated, cross-sectoral responses that bring together a wider range of sectors and players, such as those from health, education and housing, and improving the connections between various allied national plans and frameworks.
We worked closely with SNAICC – National Voice for our Children and the Family Matters Campaign, the Commonwealth Department of Social Services and respective State and Territory governments on the successor plan to the National Framework.
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