OzChild, along with Act For Kids, Barnardos Australia, The Benevolent Society, Key Assets, Life Without Barriers, and MacKillop Family Services are proud to be the founding members of Allies for Children. These organisations are driven by a shared commitment to embrace opportunities towards greater outcomes for children, young people and families.
Who we are – Statement of Intent
We are Allies for Children. A committed partnership of Chief Executives working across the Child, Youth and Family sector to ignite long term, positive outcomes for vulnerable children, young people, and families.
We believe through collective wisdom and genuine collaboration, our organisations and the child, youth, and family services sector can drive real and sustained change to benefit generations now and into the future.
The child protection system has traditionally been built on responding to crisis. Together, Allies for Children will advocate for better policies and systems to ignite genuine reform in child protection that moves service responses towards early intervention and family support.
We will share knowledge, resources, and evidence-based practice across the sector so that each child, young person, and family can have the best of support and the greatest opportunity for a positive future. At all times, our efforts will be led in consultation with people and communities with lived experience.
Our immediate responsibility is to respond to the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in out-of-home-care.
We will partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, Community Controlled organisations (ACCOs), Peaks and Government to realise reforms that reduce the rates of children being removed from their family, ensuring the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to grow up safe with kin, culture and community.
Allies for Children is united to inspire positive change, in the belief that all children and young people deserve to be protected and nurtured.
We carry this responsibility together.
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