Despite numerous legal and policy frameworks protecting the cultural rights of Indigenous children, the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care is almost ten times that of other children, and continues to grow.
The consequences of child removal are profound: devastating families, deepening intergenerational trauma, severing children's cultural bonds and triggering poor life outcomes, and eroding culture and community.
Family Matters is a national campaign to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system within a generation (by 2040). The campaign is calling for a new approach that trusts and empowers Aboriginal communities, one that includes genuine collaboration and partnership, empowers communities and involves long-term government support across the country.
From 14-20 May, the Family Matters National Week of Action will highlight the fundamental issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and call on the community to join the campaign to achieve these aims.
What can you do?
- Take action! Join us in taking the Family Matters pledge demanding political action.
- Learn more about the policy changes being asked for.
- Find out about events happening during the week and hold your own event.
- Take a photo of you and your mob holding the campaign sign and share it on social media.
QCOSS has taken the Family Matters pledge as we believe that together we can all ensure that 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.
To find out more about the Family Matters National Week of Action visit the Family Matters website.