We need a new approach. An approach that trusts Aboriginal people to deal with Aboriginal business, one that includes genuine collaboration and partnership, empowers communities and involves long-term all of government support across the country.
We must secure access to quality universal and targeted services necessary for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to thrive.
We need to make sure that our laws, policies and practices are culturally safe and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and to ensure this happens, governments and services need to be held accountable to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have grown up safe, well and cared for in their families, communities and cultural traditions, for thousands of years. Evidence shows the value of unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child rearing practices, alongside the critical importance of continuity of cultural identity to the wellbeing of Indigenous children.
Without real change now, the story remains the same. It’s time for new approach.
Learn more by downloading the Family Matters Roadmap.