Supporting Family Matters

As an organisation, we are committed to “family matters”, and this commitment was recently made official when Churches of Christ Care signed up to the Family Matters Campaign.

This is a national SNAICC initiative which aims to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care, by 2040.

By signing on to the Family Matters campaign we commit to six core principles and all corresponding actions.

The six core principles and corresponding actions:

  • Applying a child focussed approach
  • Ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations participate in and have control over decisions that affect their children
  • Protecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s right to live in culture
  • Pursuing evidence based responses
  • Supporting, healing and strengthening families, and
  • Challenging systemic racism and inequalities

Churches of Christ Care currently provides support for 20 percent of all children in out of home care and in the child protection system in this state.  Of all the children and young people in out of home care within Queensland, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are over-represented at a rate of 43 percent.

In responding to over-representation, the Family Matters Roadmap report highlights the need for greater investment in early intervention, cultural safety, self-determination and accountability. It outlines four building blocks to ensure all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.

The four building blocks:

  • All families enjoy access to quality, culturally safe, universal and targeted services necessary for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to thrive.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations participate in, and have control over, decisions that affect their children.
  • Law, policy and practice in child and family welfare are culturally safe and responsive.
  • Governments and services are accountable to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Further, cultural safety is a key feature of many of the strategies outlined in the report; these include culturally-competent services, compliance with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle and a focus on the strengths of culturally-based child rearing among others.

Churches of Christ Care will achieve positive results by working and partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to keep children safe, cared for, with kin and connected to culture and community. 

Posted March 1, 2018 in Our blog