Many Aboriginal children and young people under child protection orders or investigation are placed in care outside of their communities making maintaining family, community and cultural connections impossible.
In partnership with The Aboriginal Corporation of West Coast Cape York Peninsula Traditional Land Owners (WCTO) and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Act for Kids operates safe houses in Aurukun, Kowanyama, Napranum and Pormpuraaw.
Act for Kids operates a safe house in Doomadgee. It is expected we will transition control and management of the program to the traditional owners. Due to the success of the safe houses in the Cape and Gulf, Act for Kids was also asked to set up an additional safe house in Cairns.
Safe houses provide a safe and culturally appropriate home environment for children 0 17 years of age to remain within their communities and stay connected to family, culture and country whilst their ongoing child protection intervention and placement needs are assessed.
The safe houses also develop workforce capacity within the community through the training and employment of local community members.