Act for Kids wins reconciliation award for Safe Houses

29 May 2015





Photo Credit: Chris Proud – Queensland Government

On 28 May, Act for Kids won the community category in the 2015 Queensland Reconciliation Awards for its SafeKIDS program. The awards recognise businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and initiatives that are advancing reconciliation in Queensland.

The Act for Kids SafeKIDS program helps to increase the ability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care to remain connected to community and culture and develops the community’s capacity by supporting parents to address issues impacting children’s safety.

Act for Kids’ Far North Queensland Regional Director, Kieran Smith, said it is an honour to accept the award on behalf of the staff and management of the SafeKIDS program, which keeps kids connected to family, community, culture and country.

“Many of our SafeKIDS staff participated in a Family Wellbeing Program designed to help local staff address and understand their own trauma, so they are better equipped to provide a caring and nurturing environment for children dealing with trauma.

“We are dedicated to working with Indigenous communities in advancing towards reconciliation to shape a brighter future for local children and families,” Kieran Smith said.

The Queensland Reconciliation Awards is an initiative of the Queensland Government through the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

For more information visit the Queensland Reconciliation Awards website.