Safe and Supported: The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2021 to 2031 was developed by the Australian Government, state and territory governments, together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives and the non-government sector.
The new national framework is designed to make significant and sustained progress in reducing the rate of child abuse and neglect and its intergenerational impacts. It will do this by driving change through collective effort across governments and sectors that impact the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
Safe and Supported will focus on four priority groups:
- Children and families with multiple and complex needs
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people experiencing disadvantage or who are vulnerable
- Children and young people and/or parents/carers with disability experiencing disadvantage or who are vulnerable
- Children and young people who have experienced abuse and/or neglect, including children in out-of-home care and young people leaving out-of-home care and transitioning to adulthood.
The national framework will be implemented through two, five year Actions Plans that will include an Indigenous-specific Action Plan. These will focus on four areas for action:
- A national approach to early intervention and targeted support for children and families experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage
- Addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection systems
- Improving information sharing, data development and analysis
- Strengthening the child and family sector and workforce capability.
Importantly the new national framework has been developed by State, Territory and the Commonwealth governments in partnership with SNAICC-National Voice for our Children and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Group. Safe and Supported will be a key mechanism in responding to the Closing the Gap Target 12 to reduce the rate of over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 45% over 10 years.
The non-government sector also contributed to developing the framework through Families Australia and members of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing.
Safe and Supported builds on progress made through the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 to 2020. This was the first national framework dedicated to reducing children abuse and neglect. It was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in 2009, and implemented according to four, three-year action plans. You can find out more on the national Department of Social Services website.
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