Strengthened early intervention focus in latest national protecting children plan

Welcome to the first CEO post of 2016. Just before Christmas I was pleased to be with the Commonwealth Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Christian Porter MP, at the launch of the Third Action Plan (2015-18) under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020.

The new Plan represents a significant package of measures, especially with its emphasis on prevention and early intervention, the first thousand days of a child’s life, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people transitioning from out-of-home care, and child-safe organisations. More on the Third Action Plan can be found here. It aligns well with the National Framework’s original strategic aims under the public health model, as well as acknowledges the need to improve outcomes for children and young people in the out-of-home care system. Thank you to all members of Families Australia and the The Coalition of Organisations Committed to the Safety and Wellbeing of Australia’s Children (National Coalition) for their input in developing the Plan during 2015.

Finally, can I please encourage you to register for the May 2016 Child Aware Approaches Conference which will be held in Brisbane. It promises to be lively and thought-provoking. We already have a wonderful line-up of keynote speakers, including Professor Kerry Arabena, who will speak about the first thousand days of life, and June Oscar AO, who will deliver the 2016 Families Australia Oration. June is an advocate and activist for social justice, women’s issues, FASD and Indigenous Australian languages. In 2011, June was named as one of the 50 most influential women in the world for her work in improving the lives of those living in remote Aboriginal communities. More on the conference can be found here.

With best wishes

Dr Brian Babington, CEO