How can we improve the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle?

How can we improve the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:00

Aunty Sue Blacklock, Fiona Arney, Alwin Chong and Gillian Bonser

This webinar explored ways in which the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle can be improved.

Webinar description

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle was developed in recognition of the devastating effects of forced separation of Indigenous children from families, communities and culture. Concerns with the implementation of the Principle, however, have been raised for many years.

In this webinar we explored how the barriers to implementation can be overcome by increasing the understanding of the Principle and its purpose. We identified how systems can support effective implementation, and described some of the practices that promote safety and cultural connection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities.

This webinar coincided with the launch of CFCA Paper No. 34: Enhancing the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

About the presenters

Aunty Sue Blacklock

Aunty Sue Blacklock has been a lifelong advocate for Aboriginal children and families and has cared for many Aboriginal kids. She is Chair of Winangay Resources and the first Ambassador for Children for the Australian Centre for Child Protection. Aunty Sue is a respected Elder of the Nucoorilma people from Tingha, part of the Gamilaraay (Kamilaroi) nation.

Fiona Arney

Professor Fiona Arney is an award winning leader in the field of prevention, early intervention and child protection research with vulnerable families. She is the Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection and the Chair of the Council for the Care of Children. Fiona has a particular desire to see systems transformation to support the lives of children, and has worked extensively in child protection reform and service evaluation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Alwin Chong

Alwin Chong is a Wakamin man and is currently an academic staff member of Yaitya Purruna Indigenous Health Unit (YPIHU) at the University of Adelaide. Alwin is a respected Aboriginal leader and advocate for Aboriginal health research that is culturally equitable.

Gillian Bonser

Gillian Bonser is a psychologist and consultant in Community Services, Management, Training, and Research. She was a co-founder and sits on the board of Winangay Resources - an Aboriginal controlled NGO formed by a group of passionate and skilled professionals who were driven by social justice values and a deep concern about rising numbers of Aboriginal children in care.