Fams will be providing feedback to the discussion paper on the successor plan to the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. The new plan will be a five year implementation plan.

To inform our submission, we want to hear your views on the questions posed in the consultation most relevant to the work Fams’ Network. We are proposing two methods for you to feedback. 

The first is an online forum on Thursday, 8 July 2021, 9.30-11am, from which we will collate what we hear. To help us manage numbers in a structured format on the day, please register here

We have listed the questions below so that you are able to come with your thoughts and opinions prepared.

Alternatively, you can directly provide written feedback to Fams via Survey Monkey to any or all of the 12 questions through this link or simply scan the QR code below.

We will consolidate responses from the forum and survey into our written submission to the consultation.

The deadline for submissions is 26 July, so we need your input by 20 July, 2021.

If you prefer, you can also respond to the consultation as an organisation or individual on engage.dss.gov.au by the deadline 5pm, 26 July 2021.

To read the full discussion paper: https://engage.dss.gov.au/implementing-the-successor-plan-to-the-national-framework/implementing-the-successor-plan-to-the-national-framework-discussion-paper/

Questions

  • Tell us about the additional barriers to accessing services faced by: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families; children with disability and/or parents and carers with disability; children and families with multiple and complex needs; children and young people experiencing or 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.

  • How do you think we could facilitate greater access to and navigation through public supports such as dis ability, early childhood education and care, health and mental health, drug and alcohol, domestic violence, justice, housing, and employment service systems?

  • What action can governments take to support collaboration between services to offer wrap around supports to vulnerable children and families?

  • What data and information is needed to better understand and improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families?

  • What information should be shared between non-government organisations and governments to support service delivery and outcomes for vulnerable children and families?

  • What skills, competencies, and/or practices does the workforce need to provide the most effective support for children and families in the priority groups?

  • What changes are needed to prevent high levels of turnover or burnout for staff working with children and families experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage?

  • What do you think we need to know about the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in their dealings with family support and other targeted support services and their ability to access and/or navigate them?

  • What are the top things that work to develop the referral mechanisms, partnerships, practices and services needed to better support families with multiple and complex needs?

  • What changes or supports are needed to help children and young people access therapeutic services to recover from experiences of domestic violence, abuse or neglect?

  • Tell us about what works to support vulnerable or disadvantaged parents with disability help their children reach their full potential in safe and caring homes?