The Family Matters: Strong communities. Strong families. Stronger children. campaign has been established to drive a collaborative approach to change; to see all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.
This Family Matters Roadmap presents an evidence-based vision and clear strategies for fundamental change to policy and practice.
This Roadmap calls on governments and non-government organisations to respond to the pressing call to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to curb the tide of removals and eliminate over-representation in out-of-home care within a generation (by 2040).
The Roadmap outlines the evidence-based pathways to realise the overarching goal of the Family Matters campaign and details the policy and practice changes needed to secure improved safety and well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The Roadmap is designed in accordance with the six overarching principles of the campaign outlined below and described in more detail in the Family Matters Statement of Commitment.
The Roadmap is grounded in strengths-based, Aboriginal-led solutions to the challenges currently facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
Family Matters will monitor progress in the Roadmap through the annual Family Matters Report, which will provide a clear and concise framework for measuring compliance with evidence-based best practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child well-being and safety.