Reconciliation Action Plan
OzChild is committed to actively supporting and taking steps toward achieving real reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and ensuring that the children in our care receive support that is both safe and culturally responsive.
We chose to develop our second National Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) as a practical and powerful way to continue our contribution towards reconciliation in Australia.
This highlights our commitment through specific business actions that will provide us with a vehicle for engaging with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure our services are culturally responsive, relevant, safe and available for their children, young people and families.
We aim to build on our relationships and the services we have provided with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to date and identify key focus areas to be implemented over the next three years.
OzChild acknowledges the mutually beneficial impacts a reconciled nation will have on the entire Australian population and is committed to working together to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and communities through an Innovate RAP.
We recognise the journey towards advancing reconciliation is one of continuous learning, adaptation, deepened knowledge, cultural respect, and understanding for all our staff and carers. Developing an Innovate RAP will allow us to further imbed our cultural practices into everyday business, strengthen our responsiveness to meeting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and continue to leverage our positive influence to work collaboratively towards positive lasting change, and closing the gap in child removal rates in Australia.
Implementing the next iteration of our Innovate RAP is not only the right thing to do for OzChild’s continuous growth and success as a culturally safe and diverse employer of choice; but it is our belief that it is simply the right thing to do for the growth and prosperity of a reconciled Australia.
What is Reconciliation?
For Reconciliation Australia, reconciliation is, at its heart, about building better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for the benefit of all Australians.
To create positive change within OzChild we need our people coming up with innovative ideas and actions that make a difference. Every individual at OzChild should consider what reconciliation means for them personally as well as what it means for the work they do, in their everyday lives, and in the change we all want to see for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to shine.
OzChild’s second Innovate RAP will be released in late 2020.
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