Thank you to the many members of the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing who made our annual meeting on Wednesday this week such a great event. Around 100 representatives of the NGO, research and government sectors participated.
There were many highlights, including the first major public address by the recently-appointed Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja. Senator Seselja re-affirmed the Commonwealth Governmentâ€™s strong support for the National Framework for Protecting Australiaâ€™s Children 2009-2020, especially the Third Action Plan with its emphasis on the First Thousand Days for a Child.
The day focussed not only on the National Framework, but on the broader question: What must we do to make Australia a nation in which all children grow up safe and well? The highly interactive panel discussions highlighted a large number of themes, in particular, the situation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, and juvenile detention in the NT.
It was clear to me that the National Coalition continues to play an essential role in co-designing and implementing the National Framework as well as being a catalyst for broader thinking around child safety and wellbeing.
We will be analysing the many ideas that emerged from the day and will get back to you soon with a more detailed summary as well as suggestions about ways forward. Presentation slides will also be available shortly on the Families Australia website.
Once again, thank you so much for your continued support of the National Coalition.
With best wishes
Dr Brian Babington
CEO, Families Australia
Convenor, National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing