Annual Meeting of the National Coalition

The annual meeting of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing took place in Sydney on 17 August 2016. The National Coalition continues to play an essential role in co-designing and implementing the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 (National Framework) as well as being a catalyst for broader thinking around child safety and wellbeing.

The day focussed not only on the National Framework, but on the broader question: What must we do to make Australia a nation in which all children grow up safe and well? The highly interactive panel discussions highlighted a large number of themes, in particular, the situation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, and juvenile detention in the NT.

A significant number of encouraging developments were also noted, such as the recently-launched Valuing Children Initiative and SNAICC’s Family Matters campaign to name just two.

Families Australia and the National Coalition Steering Group are considering next steps to ensure that this valuable discussion contributes to the ongoing development and implementation of the National Framework. The summary of round table discussions is available here.

Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, addressed the meeting. Read the transcript here.

Presentation slides are available for the following presentations:

Overview of meeting

National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children: progress and future directions
Dr Brian Babington, CEO, Families Australia

Perspectives and Challenges
Dr Ros Baxter, Group Manager of Families Group, Australian Government Department of Social Services

Our view on progress, challenges and ideas of ways ahead for the Third Action Plan
Gerry Moore, CEO, SNAICC – National Voice for our Children

Valuing Children Initiative
Basil Hanna, Chief Executive, Parkerville
Tony Pietropiccolo AM, CEO, Centrecare WA

Global Partnership to end violence against children: what this means for Australia
Karen Flanagan AM, Child Protection Specialist and Manager, Child Protection Technical Unit, Save the Children

Getting it Right for Every Child initiative: reflections on the Scottish experience so far
Professor Brigid Daniel, Director, Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, University of Stirling, UK