The National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing will be holding our 2023 Annual Meeting (online event) on Thursday 1 June 2023 from 11.30am to 1:00 pm (AEST). All members and stakeholders are welcome to attend.
In addition to a Safe and Supported update, keynote presentations of the meeting will include:
Presentations will be followed by National Coalition member updates.
Register for the National Coalition 2023 Annual Meeting here.
Member briefing was held: Tuesday 28 March from 3:30pm-5:00pm (AEDT)
Following the release of the Safe and Supported Action Plans on 31 January 2023, the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing will be holding a Safe and Supported briefing for members on Tuesday 28 March from 3:30pm-5:00pm (AEDT). Senior representatives of the four governance partners will discuss content of the action plans, the focus of immediate efforts and be available for general discussion & questions:
The National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing (National Coalition) comprises non-government organisations and researchers who are committed to advancing the national campaign on child safety and wellbeing in Australia. Families Australia convenes the National Coalition.
Release of Action Plans | 31 January 2023
The National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing welcomes the release of Action Plans to put into effect Safe and Supported: The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021-2031.
“Supporting children, young people and families to thrive, so all children and young people are kept safe and out of the care and protection systems, is vital. For them, and for the health and wellbeing of our communities.”
“Children thrive when they and their families are supported by strong services, co-ordinated systems, and a society that values them.”
“The safety and wellbeing of our children should be Australia’s most compelling national priority. Yet, despite a decade of concerted effort to advance child safety, thousands of Australian children remain subject to abuse, violence and neglect” said Jamie Crosby, Convenor of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing.
For a copy of the full press release click here.
More information on the Safe and Supported first action plan (2023-2026) can be found on the Australian Government Families and Children website.
2022 Annual Meeting | National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing
Held on 22 June 2022, over 75 members and stakeholders attended the Annual Meeting. Meeting presenters included Mr Tim Crosier – Branch Manager, Children’s Policy Branch, Department of Social Services (DSS) and Ms Catherine Liddle, CEO of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children.
A summary of the meeting can be download via National Coalition 2022 Annual Meeting Summary.
June 2022 DSS Consultation Paper | Proposed Governance arrangements – Safe and Supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021–2031.
On 21 June 2022, the Department of Social Services (DSS) sought comment from the National Coalition on governance arrangements being proposed for Safe and Supported. The consultation paper was circulated to National Coalition members for review ahead of a response being submitted to DSS on Monday 4 July. A copy of the submission can be accessed through the following link:
National Coalition submission to proposed governance structure for implementing: Safe and Supported.
[National Coalition members can request a copy of the previously circulated discussion paper via email: email@example.com.]
NATIONAL COALITION STEERING GROUP
A Steering Group is the principal representative group for the National Coalition. Steering Group members also serve on the National Forum for Protecting Australia’s Children, a high-level group that also comprises senior Commonwealth, State and Territory Government officials. The National Forum meets 2-3 times per annum to oversee progress with the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 (National Framework).
Steering Group members were appointed by the broader National Coalition at the outset of the National Framework to represent a range of areas, including research, peak bodies, out-of-home care, family support, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and communities. Membership of the Steering Group has evolved in the course of the National Framework to ensure that representation aligns with Action Plan priorities.
National Coalition Steering Group members are:
(as at March 2023)
Membership of the National Coalition is free. Members receive quarterly e-bulletins. Please email Families Australia (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
National Coalition membership stands at over 200 organisations, consultants and academics.
The list of Members can be accessed here.