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.
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.
This paper is intended to provide an alternative, community perspective on legislative reforms, in contrast to the discussion paper released by the NSW Government Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) in April 2022.
We have deep concerns about the framing of the issues and the framing of the consultation questions in the DCJ Discussion Paper. Despite the NSW Government’s stated commitment to a partnership approach, AbSec and the ALS as peak Aboriginal community organisations were not appropriately engaged in the development of the DCJ Discussion Paper. We provided advice to the Minister earlier this year about which FIC recommendations should be progressed for immediate review, but this was not taken into account or acknowledged in the DCJ Discussion Paper.
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
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.
Royal Commission – Issue Paper 1. August 2014
Royal Commission – Issue paper 4. November 2013
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indigenous Data Sovereignty Policy Brief December 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.
Cultural Planning Policy Brief December 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.
Family is Culture Community Report Card November 2022
AbSec and the ALS have developed this report card to provide an independent, Aboriginal community perspective on the NSW Government’s implementation of the 2019 Family Is Culture (FIC) Review Report recommendations.
This October 2022 edition has a focus on legislative reform and the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment (Family is Culture) Bill 2022. It also provides other key updates and commentary on the NSW Government’s attempts to progress FIC implementation during 2022.
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 NSW child protection system.
A joint community report card framework between AbSec and the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) to hold the NSW Government to account in implementing the Family is Culture recommendations. Future report cards are planned to monitor and report on the progress of the NSW Government from the perspective of Aboriginal communities.