The Children in Care Collective fully endorses the call for a National Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children
We support the following principles as set out in the joint position paper developed by SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children and Family Matters and will advocate for the establishment of a National Commissioner:
We must urgently establish a national commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to provide a dedicated focus on their rights.
The commissioner must be independent from government and have powers to investigate and report publicly on issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
A commissioner could play a role in supporting strategies for more effective collaboration and coordination both between and within governments.
There is increasing recognition across Australia of the importance of having dedicated commissioners for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. Victoria established a dedicated commissioner in 2013 and South Australia in 2018. In Victoria, the work of the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People has led to major government reforms and an increased focus on improving outcomes for our children. In Queensland, a commissioner was appointed in 2020.
A commissioner at the national level could advocate for the needs, rights and views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, ensuring that our children thrive into the future.
Outcome of the Referendum proposing a Voice to Parliament
The Children in Care Collective will work to reconcile what the outcome of the referendum means for the country we are and the nation we seek to become.
The Children in Care Collective supports a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament
The Children in Care Collective supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart in its entirety and embraces its invitation for all Australians to join in creating a future that recognises and celebrates the strength and wisdom of the First Peoples of this country. Read More...
Connecting Families - An Allambi Care Presentation
Young people in care and those transitioning to independence need real connection with family and networks of people who will be part of their lives forever. Allambi Care began its Family Finding project in 2017 and maintains a specialist family search and engagement team. Staff from Allambi gave a presentation to the Children in Care Collective on their experience.
Life Without Barriers Partners With SNAICC
SNAICC and Life Without Barriers are pleased to announce a new partnership that follows a historic commitment from Life Without Barriers, to transfer its out-of-home care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-control within 10 years.sure to add all the relevant details you want to share with site visitors.