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Strategies and submissions

AbSec actively provides advice and information on issues impacting Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities. The following is a selection of our recent strategies, submissions, papers and policy briefs.

Strategies

Aboriginal Workforce Development Statewide Strategy 2020-2025
April 2020

The Aboriginal Workforce Development Statewide Strategy 2020–2025 has been developed as part of the initiatives of the NSW Government’s Aboriginal Child and Family Investment Strategy (ACFIS). It identifies ways to strengthen the Aboriginal workforce as part of the government’s commitment to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal children and families.

Download the full paper.

Aboriginal Child and Family Investment Strategy: Workforce Development Project Consolidated Report
November 2019

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Aboriginal Community Response: Communities for kids (Tier 1)

Aboriginal Intensive Family Based Services Plus: An expanded model of Aboriginal intensive family support and advocacy

Achieving a Holistic Aboriginal Child and Family Service System for NSW

Far West NSW: Strengthening supports for Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities in Far West NSW

Western NSW: Strengthening supports for Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities in Western NSW


Submissions

Submission to the NSW Parliamentary Committee on Children and Young People’s Inquiry into the effectiveness of the NSW child protection and social services system in responding to vulnerable children and their families January 2021

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AbSec submission to federal inquiry into open adoption
May 2018

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AbSec submission to federal inquiry into open adoption – May 2018

Shaping a Better Child Protection System – AbSec Submission
November 2017

This paper details AbSec’s response to proposed legislative amendments to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and the Adoption Act 2000, as outlined in the Department of Family and Community Services’ recent discussion paper.

We put forward some serious concerns regarding these legislative reforms, including a lack of consultation with NSW Aboriginal communities and the absence of a clear strategy for Aboriginal children and young people.

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Family is Culture: Independent Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People in OOHC in NSW – December 2017

Aboriginal Targeted Earlier Intervention Strategy – November 2017

Inquiry into support for new parents and babies in NSW – November 2017

Submission to the Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety inquiry into the adequacy of youth diversion programs in NSW

Preventing Youth Suicide in New South Wales

2016 NSW Budget Expectations

Royal Commission Consultation Paper on Out Of Home Care May 2016

AHRC Social Justice and Native Title Report 2015

Regulatory Impact Statement July 2015

Senate Standing Committee Community Affairs OOHC 2014

Royal Commission – Issue Paper 1. August 2014

Royal Commission – Issue paper 4. November 2013

FaCS Child Protection OOHC Reforms discussion paper March 2013 


Papers

Aboriginal Family Preservation and Restoration Model Guidelines
June 2020

Aboriginal children and young people continue to be over-represented across the statutory child protection system in NSW. AbSec, as the Aboriginal child and family peak organisation, has advocated for a new approach across the continuum of support that empowers Aboriginal communities to design, develop and deliver the services and supports that Aboriginal children and families need.

Towards this end, this paper outlines a model framework developed by AbSec in partnership with Aboriginal Community-controlled Organisations (ACCO), Intensive Based Family Services practitioners and Protecting Aboriginal Children Together (PACT) practitioners, as well as drawing on the existing literature about effective family supports, particularly from an Aboriginal perspective, as outlined in AbSec’s Our families, our way: Strengthening Aboriginal families so their children can thrive

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Data Processes for Aboriginal Organisations: A Discussion Paper
Feb 2020

This paper presents an overview of the collection, use and reporting of service performance data by and for Aboriginal communities to inform the development of a guide for Aboriginal community controlled organisations.

Download the discussion paper.


Delivering Better Outcomes for Aboriginal Children and Families in NSW
May 2018

This document contains AbSec’s platforms for the upcoming 2019 NSW election, outlining the policies we would like to see parties and leaders commit to.

These include the establishment of an empowered Aboriginal Child and Family Commission; the expansion of a strong and holistic Aboriginal child and family services sector; greater investment in Aboriginal-led support services; and the redevelopment of the child protection system as it applies to Aboriginal children and families, in close consultation with our communities.

Download the full paper.


Our families, our way: Strengthening Aboriginal families so their children can thrive
February 2017

The continuing overrepresentation of Aboriginal children and young people in the NSW child protection system is proof that the series of reforms and child protection inquiries have not worked for Aboriginal children, young people and families.

The purpose of this paper is to propose a new way of working with Aboriginal people to strengthen, empower and encourage Aboriginal parents and families to provide safe and nurturing environments for their children and young people.

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Caring for Carers: Recruitment, development and support for carers of Aboriginal children
February 2017

There are currently over 6000 Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care in NSW, cared for by their families, extended families, the broader Aboriginal community, and in some cases, non-Aboriginal foster carers.

The purpose of this paper is to outline a comprehensive carer support model for carers of Aboriginal children and young people across the domains of recruitment, development and support. The goal is to ensure that those doing the important work of growing up our children and young people are provided the necessary training and support to provide culturally embedded therapeutic care.

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Guardianship orders for Aboriginal children and young people
13 November 2015

The Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) released its position paper regarding guardianship and other permanent care orders for Aboriginal children and young people.

While acknowledging the importance of stability for Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care, this paper outlines concerns around guardianship orders more broadly, and offers an alternate view to promote better outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people.

Download the full paper.


Policy Briefs

Indigenous Data Sovereignty Policy Brief
Dec 2019

This document outlines AbSec’s policy position on Indigenous Data Sovereignty (IDS). IDS refers to the right of Indigenous peoples to exercise authority over the collection, access, analysis and use of data that pertains to them.

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Cultural Planning Policy Brief
Dec 2019

Cultural planning is an integral part of case planning focused on ensuring Aboriginal children and young people maintain their connection to culture, identity, family, community and Country. This document presents AbSec’s policy position on Cultural Planning.

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Aboriginal Child Safety

Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs)

Best Interests Principle

The Concept of Community

Identity

Kinship

Permanent Care Orders for Aboriginal Children and Young People

Restoration

Self-Determination

Aboriginal Child Placement Principle

 


Report Cards

AbSec Report Card on the Performance of the NSW Government: Aboriginal Children And Families – Reporting Period: 30 June 2019
Feb 2020

This document examines a number of recent key data relating to Aboriginal children in the out-of-home sector in NSW. The data highlights the urgent reforms needed for Aboriginal families in the to the NSW child protection system.

Download the report. 


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