AbSec encourages submissions to the ‘Family Is Culture’ review
Friday 13 October
As the peak body for Aboriginal children and families in NSW, AbSec is strongly encouraging community members to share their views and experiences of out-of-home care as part of a current review.
Titled ‘Family Is Culture: Independent Review of Aboriginal Children and Young People in Out of Home Care’, the review is examining the reasons for the disproportionate and increasing number of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care in NSW. Public submissions close on 30 November and will be delivered to the NSW Government.
While its results will help to inform Government policy, the review is independent from Government and chaired by Cobble Cobble woman, Professor Megan Davis. AbSec’s CEO, Tim Ireland, is also participating on the review’s Reference Group.
The goals of this review are very similar to our aims at AbSec: to reduce the number of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care, and improve connections to family, community and culture for those children who are removed from their parents.
“It is the role of the Review to identify whether systems, policies and practices in Out of Home Care and Child Protection in NSW have contributed to the disproportionate number of Aboriginal children and young people in care, so it can recommend changes and reforms to improve life outcomes for children who come into contact with the statutory care system,” says the review’s website.
“This is an important opportunity for our families and communities to make their voices heard,” said Tim Ireland, AbSec CEO.
“I encourage individuals and organisations to make their submission to the Family Is Culture review, sharing your experiences of out-of-home care and your suggestions for how to improve the system. I’m certainly looking forward to submitting an extensive report on behalf of AbSec.
“You have the option of submitting anonymously if you are concerned about identification. The crucial thing is to take this chance to have your say.”
Make your submission by 30 November 2017 on the review website:
Note that the review cannot influence any current child protection cases or out-of-home care matters – but it can inform Government on how to improve the system for the future.