Aboriginal Agency Forums
AbSec regularly holds Aboriginal Agency forums with our members on issues impacting the sector and it’s also an opportunity for AbSec to engage with our Aboriginal Agency members.
On occasions where a communique is released post the forum, we will place a copy on the AbSec website.
Aboriginal Agency Forum 23 October 2015 – Communique
Aboriginal agencies overwhelmingly supported the draft plan for the Aboriginal Child and Family Sector in NSW, developed through an extensive co-design process with FACS. At the heart of this plan is the need to empower Aboriginal communities to participate in the sector and decision making about Aboriginal children, ensuring that Aboriginal community-controlled organisations are properly resourced and supported to deliver the necessary tailored services in their communities across a continuum of need and care. This plan represents our commitment to meet the needs of our children, supporting families to heal and ensuring that Aboriginal children who do require alternate care have their rights respected, including their cultural rights to be meaningfully connected to their family, community, culture and Country.
Agencies were united in their view that this plan is not a menu of options that can be implemented piecemeal, but rather represents a whole-of-sector reform to deliver holistic Aboriginal child and family services across the continuum of care (universal community-based supports, targeted prevention, early intervention and family preservation services, as well as crisis and out-of-home care management). Aboriginal agencies were clear that this plan be implemented in full for the safety, welfare and wellbeing of Aboriginal children, their families, and the future of our communities.
Aboriginal communities continue to fight to have their voices heard when it comes to the safety, welfare and wellbeing of Aboriginal children. As a collective Aboriginal sector, the focus is now on AbSec and Aboriginal community controlled organisations with the support of AbSec, to design and deliver services for Aboriginal children and young people in need…
To read more download the Aboriginal Agency Forum 23 October 2015—Communique.