The vision of the Family Matters Week of Action is that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safely in their home, receive a good education and grow up healthy and proud of who they are.
There is a clear and urgent need for change and OzChild is proud to be a signatory to The Family Matters Statement of Commitment.
In the past 12 months since we launched the OzChild Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) we have continued in our journey to cultural competence.
We shared a historic moment with the Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation when we committed OzChild to support a cultural security pledge when working with Indigenous families in the ACT.
We also supported the Wungurilwil Gapgapduir – Aboriginal Children and Families Agreement, a tripartite agreement between the Aboriginal community, Victorian Government and community service organisations. It outlines a strategic direction to reduce the number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care by building their connection to culture, Country and community.
These are just a few highlights of how OzChild is committed to ensuring our policies and practices are culturally safe and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
We will continue to work with our Aboriginal colleagues and alongside them. By doing this we will continue to develop our practices in line with this learning to support and reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care.
If you haven’t already, I urge you to take the Family Matters pledge to ensure ALL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children grow up safe, well and cared for in their families, communities and culture.
By pushing for change we will help to create stronger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.