Aboriginal children and families have disproportionate contact with the child protection system, which negatively impacts their wellbeing and the wellbeing of kin and community.
A whole-of-government and community approach is critical to addressing the key drivers that contribute to children having contact with the child protection system. These include family and domestic violence, substance abuse, unmanaged parental mental health and homelessness.
Reflecting the voices of Aboriginal children and their families is central to the development of the Roadmap.
SNAICC subcontracted local Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) with knowledge of the diverse WA Aboriginal community, child protection history, policy and practice to conduct culturally safe state-wide consultation forums across WA.
On 8 September 2023 SNAICC presented a draft Roadmap and draft Action Plan to the WA Government for consideration and finalisation. The Roadmap and Action Plan will be finalised by the WA Government in 2024 and will be the State’s response to the National Agreement on Closing the Gap (Target 12) and Safe and Supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021-2031.
Detailed project information is available on the SNAICC website.