MEDIA RELEASE – It's about time Australia makes Indigenous Children a National Priority

31 January 2023





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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