NSW Government continues to score poorly in new report
Wednesday 13 February 2019: The NSW Government is failing across five out of seven measures to support Aboriginal children and families, according to our new report card released on the 11th anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations.
Enter our artwork competition for your chance to win an iPad
Monday 11 February 2019: Are you young, Aboriginal and a deadly artist? We want you to help us create the signature artwork for our 2019 conference! The conference will be held in Coffs Harbour in November, where more than 200 workers will come together to discuss how to make Aboriginal kids safe and their families strong.
Our work is all about keeping Aboriginal young people at home in their communities, surrounded by culture and effective support services. So we think it’s only right that those same Aboriginal young people (aged 25 and younger) get the opportunity to design our conference art.
AbSec welcomes partnership approach to close the gap
Thursday 12 December 2018: Together with our colleagues at other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies across Australia, we welcome the announcement of a formal partnership between governments and Aboriginal communities to close the gap.
Moves towards adoption in NSW and nationwide put Aboriginal kids at risk
26 November 2018: Disturbing actions from both the NSW and Federal governments in the past month have shown a determination to pursue adoption of Aboriginal children, despite opposition from Aboriginal groups.
Kinship care is the key to a better child protection system
Tuesday 21 August 2018: AbSec presented on Tuesday at the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) biennial conference, held in Sydney. Following a keynote address from Dr Leland Ruwhiu and Dr Moana Eruera on Maori cultural frameworks and kinship models used in Aotearoa (New Zealand), our Practice Support Officer Olivia Cumpston, representing our CEO Tim Ireland, delivered a response on similar emerging approaches driven by Aboriginal communities here in Australia.
New report illustrates link between forced removal and lifelong adversity for Stolen Generations survivors and descendants
Wednesday 15 August 2018: AbSec welcomes the release of a new report into the Stolen Generations from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Healing Foundation.
The report found that around 17,150 members of the Stolen Generations are still alive today, and they experience far higher levels of adversity than other Australians across almost all health and welfare outcomes.
The Tune review: what it means for Aboriginal children, families and agencies
Monday 25 June 2018: We were pleased to see the recent release of the Independent Review of Out Of Home Care in New South Wales, a report filed in 2016 by senior public servant David Tune. After two years of keeping the report from the public, the NSW Government was recently forced to publish it after pressure from the Parliament and community groups (including AbSec).
New report reveals gaps in homelessness services for kids
Friday 22 June 2018: The NSW Ombudsman yesterday published a report showing serious gaps in law and policy for children experiencing homelessness, especially for kids also involved in out-of-home care. In 2016–17 more than 5,000 children and young people (aged 12 to 18) presented on their own to a NSW homelessness service to seek support and a place to stay. More than one third of these children were under 16.