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Record ID: 35cb191d-247b-4c3d-aa8d-bfe5be816584
Web resource: http://www.familymatters.org.au/family-matters-report-2018-the-family-matters-report-2018-urges-that-investment-in-prevention-is-critical-to-stopping-our-national-child-removals-crisis/
Type: Report
Title: The Family Matters report 2018 Measuring trends to turn the tide on the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care in Australia
Authors: Jenkins, Brian
Braithwaite, Emma
Tilbury, Clare
Smith, Tracey
Brennan, Deborah
Parolini, Arno
Tan, Wei Wu
Macvean, Michelle
Lewis, Natalie
Burton, John
Young, Janelle
Jayakody, Nadeshda
Keywords: Government policy;Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;Stolen generations;- Services for;Child protection;Children
ANRA Population: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
Year: 2018
Publisher: SNAICC Family Matters
Abstract:  "Bringing Them Home, the landmark report into the Stolen Generations, was released 21 years ago,
in 1997. At that time, many Australians were 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, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
make up just over 36 per cent of all children living in
out-of-home care; the rate of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children in out-of-home care is 10.1
times that of other children, and disproportionate
representation continues to grow (Australian Institute
of Health and Welfare [AIHW], 2018b). Since the last
Family Matters Report over-representation in out-ofhome
care has either increased or remained the same
in every state and territory. This has eventuated despite
– or because of – the laws, policies, and programs of
successive Australian governments.
Government and community agree there is a problem.
The Stolen Generations policies and practices, in
combination with persistent social inequity, have
created an ongoing legacy of disproportionate child
protection interventions with Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children, families and communities
across Australia, and significant under-investment in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-led
and controlled solutions. Things are getting worse,
not better.
Family Matters reports set out what governments are
doing to turn the tide on the over-representation of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in outof-home
care, and the outcomes for children and their
families. The reports contribute to efforts to change
the story by explaining the extent of the problem and
reporting on progress towards implementing evidenceinformed
solutions that aim to eliminate, within a
generation, the over-representation of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children living away from their
parents and families in statutory out-of-home care."
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