The Child Aware Local Initiative (CALI) is a capacity building initiative which supports communities to undertake early intervention and prevention activities which contribute to keeping children safe and well.
The Tuggeranong Region of the ACT has identified pockets of disadvantage. It also has the highest percentage of children who are vulnerable in one or more domains as assessed through the 2012 Australian Early Development Index.
CALI South Tuggeranong is a collaboration involving YWCA ACT, The Smith Family, Police Citizens Youth Club, Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre and the ACT Education Directorate with the support of Families Australia. It commenced in October 2014 with three broad aims:
Outstanding achievements so far include:
Existing resources and networks within the community were utilised. No additional funds were provided under a Commonwealth or ACT Government program other than a small quantum of discretionary funds made available by Families Australia.