The Family Matters Report 2020
The report identified a concerning trend towards permanency and adoption that is driving separation of children from family, community, and culture.
Responses by communities and governments by state and territories
Family Matters National Week of Action 2021
Monday 10 May 2021 – Working with Our Mob: how to put Family Matters principles into practice [click to watch video]
This webinar is an invaluable way for all child and family services providers and practitioners working with Aboriginal people to develop empowering, respectful practice.
Introduced by SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle and facilitated by Karl Williamson, Family Matters National Leadership Group member and social worker. Speakers included: Michael Currie, Queensland Family Matters Co-Chair and Principal Advisor, Indigenous Development with the Benevolent Society, and Sue-Anne Hunter, Family Matters Co-Chair.
Register your organisation’s interest in the Family Matters Reflective Practice tool
View the PowerPoint presentation from Michael Currie.
Read through the five connecting elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle – Prevention, Partnership, Placement, Participation, and Connection. Using this link, print out the Child Placement Principle for your workplace (right click on the diagram to save) and use it to guide your work with our children and families.
Find out how the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle is implemented in each state and territory.
Wednesday 12 May 2021 – National commissioner call to action [click to watch video]
Our key call for accountability and in defence of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.
SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle and Family Matters Co-Chair Dr Paul Gray lead a discussion by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s commissioners and deputy commissioners around the continent as we continue to call for the creation of dedicated, independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s commissioners in each state and territory and at the national level.
Join the SNAICC and Family Matters call for the Australian Government to create a national commissioner role for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
Thursday 13 May 2021 – Ways to connect children back to their family, culture and community [click to watch video]
Engage and learn from this fascinating discussion among four expert Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners in child and family services. Build your practice skills and learning through Aboriginal-led engagement, awareness, and ideas for skill development.
Featuring: Dr Paul Gray; Jo-Anne Kelly (Kinchela Boys Home); Jacynta Krakouer (Family Matters Leadership Group and University of Melbourne); and Jennifer Parsons (QATSCIPP Sector Development Officer).
View the PowerPoint presentation from Jennifer Parsons.
Please share this video with at least one work colleague, or preferably more, because we all need to be engaged in learning how to support the cultural connections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children back to their families and communities.
Friday 14 May 2021 – Ensuring our babies get the safest start [click to watch video]
Learn about how birth is a key point of removal from their families for too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies, and what we can do to stop this entry point from happening.
Please share this video with at least one work colleague, or preferably more, because we all need to learn about how we can work to keep babies with their parents and families.
Contributors to the ‘Ensuring our babies get the safest start’ session also discussed the issues in this article for The Conversation.
Dr Paul Gray’s op ed was published in The Guardian for Indigenous X.