Helpful information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
A key aim of A Step Up for Our Kids is to provide support within families to prevent children from entering care, or return them home as soon as it is safe to do so. A range of services are available for parents who need help to develop their parenting life skills to do so. These services have a specific focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with a view to specifically reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children coming into care.
A priority in the design of services is that they are inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, appreciate family and community relationships and networks, and are appropriate, accessible and culturally safe.
Some of the key changes include:
- From January 2016, new services are provided by Uniting, to support families to stay together.
- From December 2015, the independent Birth Family Advocacy Support Service commenced. This service has a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff member.
- Expansion of the Mother and Baby Unit at Karinya House
Birth Family Advocacy Support Service
The Australian Red Cross provide independent advocacy support services to families engaged with child protection, with children at risk of entering, or who have entered the care system. The service provides support, information and advice to empower families to effectively, and in an informed way, participate in the child protection process. For more information, please contact the Australian Red Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 6234 7600.