Quotes can be Attributed to Doctor Katrina Lines, Act for Kids CEO
Act for Kids is relieved that there is finally a national strategy to address the heartbreaking overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.
For far too long Australia has lacked a coordinated effort to address the increasing number of Indigenous children in care in each state and territory.
14,600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children received child protection services in 2020-21.
Sadly, they are 8 times more likely to receive child protection services than non-Indigenous children.
Act for Kids strongly believes working with First Nations people is crucial to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children receive culturally appropriate support and as a priority remain connected to their culture and community.
We know when the right cultural processes are followed there are better long-term outcomes for children.
The Safe and Supported plan is a positive step.
However, we need to see prompt action now as we have a rising number of children who are in out-of-home care.
Act for Kids encourages all levels of government to fast track their investment to better protect First Nation’s children.
It has taken far too long for a national coordinated plan to address the overrepresentation.
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