Date and time: Wednesday 21st June 2017. 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Topic: Strong communities. Strong culture. Stronger children: Measuring trends to turn the tide on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child safety and removal
Presenters: Dr. Arno Parolini and Wei Wu Tan, University of Melbourne
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, 15-31 Pelham St Carlton
Register online by: Friday 16 June 2017
This is a free seminar organised by the VIC branch of the AES. Our monthly seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with other AES members in Victoria, to share and learn from the experiences of other evaluators.
When the ground-breaking Bringing Them Home report into the Stolen Generations was released in 1997, nearly 20 years ago, mainstream Australia was shocked to learn that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children represented 20 per cent of children living in out-of-home care (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 1997). Now, in 2016, that rate has increased to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children represent over 35 per cent of children living in out-of-home care (AIHW, 2016a).
Despite numerous legal and policy frameworks designed to advance safety, and family and cultural connections for children, the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care is almost ten times that of non-Indigenous children, and continues to grow at an alarming rate (AIHW, 2016a).
The Family Matters report contributes to efforts to change this story by beginning to measure both the extent of the problem as well as progress towards implementing evidence-informed solutions that aim to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care.
Come and hear from a panel of speakers involved in developing the report: the University of Melbourne, the Centre for Evidence and Implementation and SNAICC – National Voice for our Children
Please note that the speakers from SNAICC will be confirmed closer to the seminar date.