Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders


Stepping up for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PeopleATSIA Family

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Information Sheet

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 brand new services will be available for parents who are willing to care for their child and need help to develop their parenting life skills to do so. These services will 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 new 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:

An Information Sheet on A Step Up for Our Kids for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is available to provide further information.

Birth Family Advocacy Support Service

The Australian Red Cross will provide independent advocacy support services to families engaged with child protection, with children at risk of entering, or who have entered the care system. This service will provide 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 birthfamily@redcross.org.au or call (02) 6234 7600.