National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children

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Safe & supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2021-2031

Australia, Australia. Dept. of Social Services
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Social Services, 2021.
This framework sets out our 10-year strategy to improve the lives of children and young people experiencing disadvantage or who are vulnerable to abuse and neglect. It has been developed by the commonwealth, state and territory governments in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives and the non-government sector and builds on the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020. This new framework includes an agreed vision and goal, priority groups, focus areas and underpinning principles, and will be delivered through two 5-year Action Plans, as well as a specific Action Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The 4 priority groups are: children and families with multiple and complex needs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people experiencing disadvantage, children or parents with disability experiencing disadvantage, and children who have experienced abuse, including children in care and young people leaving care.

National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2021-2031: successor plan consultation report

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
Fitzroy, Vic. : SNAICC, 2021.
National consultations have been undertaken to help develop the new 10-year plan which will succeed the current National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children. This paper provides details on the consultation process and feedback from knowledge circles, surveys and submissions by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous experts and stakeholders. The findings highlight the need for the government to demonstrate transparent political will to address over-representation in the child protection system and act on long-standing issues.

Turning the tide: designing a new plan to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care - consultation guide

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
Fitzroy, Vic. : SNAICC, 2021.
SNAICC is holding consultations to help develop the new 10-year plan which will succeed the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children. SNAICC is working to promote co-design and ensure that Indigenous community voices are centralised during development, and invites feedback via written submission, survey, or participate in a Knowledge Circle. This paper provides information and questions to help guide the consultation. It details the process, thinking and background that informs the co-design model and presents questions for consideration.

Evaluation of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020

PricewaterhouseCoopers (Australia), Australia. Dept. of Social Services
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Social Services, 2020.
In 2009, governments and non-government organisations came together to develop the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children, to guide policy and action over the next decade. A key feature was a shift in emphasis from protecting children from abuse and neglect to promoting children's safety and wellbeing. This new report considers the effectiveness and appropriateness of the framework, now that it enters its final year of operation. The evaluation assessed whether the framework achieved its intended outcomes, what factors supported or prevented this, and the effectiveness of its development. The evaluation drew on consultation and interviews and analysis of publicly available and internal reports. It finds that the framework has been an important mechanism for national collaboration, but a lack of data has meant that its impact on reducing child abuse and neglect cannot be tracked or measured meaningfully.

Beyond 2020: towards a successor plan for the National Framework For Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 : final report on national consultations

Families Australia (Organization), Australia. Dept. of Social Services
Barton, ACT : Families Australia, 2020.
Over the last decade, the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children has been a national level policy platform to focus jurisdictions and the non-government and research sectors on delivering better safety outcomes for children and families. As the plan is due to expire in 2020, the Australian Government commissioned Families Australia to lead national consultations on a successor plan. This report summarises the key themes and suggested high level priorities that were raised during those consultations, which involved nearly 800 stakeholders. The resounding consensus was that the successor plan must drive real change by galvanising collective effort across governments, sectors and disciplines in actions that evidence tells us will prevent children, young people and families entering child protection systems. Participants also said that the next framework must be long-term, practical and achievable, intensify preventive approaches, prioritise the voices of children and young people in policy and program design and implementation, emphasise activities that support key cohorts - especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families - and strengthen data and evaluation. The report also features statistics on trends in child protection in Australia, a snapshot of reforms and initiatives, and summarises of jurisdictional consultations.

Supporting families, communities and organisations to keep children safe: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 : fourth action plan 2018-2020.

Council of Australian Governments, Australia. Dept. of Social Services
Canberra : Dept. of Social Services, 2019
The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in April 2009. Action plans are produced every three years under this Framework, setting out the strategic focus for the next few years and how all governments, the non-government sector, and the broader community will implement and measure progress towards these goals. This is the fourth and final action plan, for the 2018-2020 period. The first three action plans delivered some key achievements, including the appointment of the National Children's Commissioner and the development of national standards for out-of-home care. The fourth action plan builds on these foundations and focuses on place-based initiatives, improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, improving permanency outcomes, and implementing the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. This document sets out the priority areas and how they will be implemented.

Talking with young people about the National Framework: outcomes of conversations with young people about the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children

Roy A
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Social Services, 2017.
The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 is a long-term approach to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and reducing levels of child abuse and neglect. The Framework sets out 6 key outcomes and action plans are produced every 3 years to provide detail on strategies for each period. This report looks at the views of young people on the strategies set out in the Third Action Plan. These strategies are: Early intervention with a focus on the early years, particularly the first 1000 days for a child; Helping young people in out-of-home care to thrive into adulthood; and Organisations responding better to children and young people to keep them safe. Consultations were held with 323 young people from across Australia, including young parents and young expectant parents and young people who had left or who were about to leave out of home care.

National statement of principles for child safe organisations: consultation draft

Australian Human Rights Commission
Sydney, NSW : Australian Human Rights Commission, 2017.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has been commissioned by the Government to develop a National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations. This document presents a draft statement, in the format of a finalised statement with endorsement by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The Commission invites feedback from the sector, to help finalise this significant work. The document sets out 10 principles to promote child wellbeing and prevent harm to children and young people.

Taking stock & moving ahead: a report on consultative forums on the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020

Families Australia (Organization)
Barton, ACT : Families Australia, 2017.
Families Australia recently held ten forums around Australia to promote understanding about the 'National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020' and to seek views on ways to further improve child safety and wellbeing in Australia. The forums involved 404 participants from government, non-government and research sectors and focused on two questions: 'As a nation, what more must we do to improve child safety and wellbeing?' and 'How can we get the Australian community at large to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children?' This report describes the findings and themes of the forum, including ways to improve current systems, new areas of emphasis, and addressing root causes of abuse and neglect and valuing children.

2013-14 annual report: protecting children is everyone's business - National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020.

Council of Australian Governments, Australia. Dept. of Social Services
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Social Services, 2016
'Protecting Children is Everyone's Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020' is the first long-term national approach to protect the safety and wellbeing of Australia's children, emphasising early intervention and prevention. The National Framework is supported by three-year action plans that identify specific actions, responsibilities and timeframes for implementation. This annual report reviews achievements from the second year of the Second Action Plan 2012-2015. It provides background information on the plan and reviews progress against 6 key outcomes: Children live in safe and supportive families and communities; Children and families access adequate support to promote safety and intervene early; Risk factors for child abuse and neglect are addressed; Children who have been abused or neglected receive the support and care they need for their safety and wellbeing; Indigenous children are supported and safe in their families and communities; and Child sexual abuse and exploitation is prevented and survivors receive adequate support. Note, this annual report series will now take a more streamlined and cost effective approach, and is formatted differently to previous editions.

What road ahead? Directions and challenges for the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020.

Babingtob B
Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal no. 44 Apr 2016: 4-15
This article provides an overview of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020, and highlights challenges for its Third Action Plan.

Measuring progress under the National Framework: evaluation of progress under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children

ACIL Allen Consulting, Australia. Dept. of Social Services
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Social Services, 2015
This report evaluates the implementation and progress of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020. The National Framework is a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) long-term approach to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children in Australia. The evaluation looks at the barriers, strengths and opportunities arising from the National Framework's tripartite approach to implementation and governance and investigated whether the National Framework has added value to processes and systems aimed at protecting children and has shifted focus from statutory protection to prevention and early intervention approaches. The evaluation also establishes a baseline for subsequent evaluations on the extent to which the National Framework is achieving its high level outcomes over the long term. This evaluation was conducted from late 2014 to April 2015, and the findings were used in the development of the National Framework's Third Action Plan.

Driving change - intervening early: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 : third three-year action plan, 2015-2018.

Council of Australian Governments, Australia. Dept. of Social Services
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Social Services, 2015.
The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in April 2009. Action plans are produced every three years under this Framework, setting out the strategic focus for the next few years and how all governments, the non-government sector, and the broader community will implement and measure progress towards these goals. This is the third action plan, for the 2015-2018 period. It is influenced by the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 and recent inquiries including the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and has a strong focus on interventions in early childhood, supporting young people leaving care, and improving organisational responses.

Developing the Third Action Plan (2015-2018) 'Driving change - engaging the community' [electronic text] : a discussion paper.

Australia. Dept. of Social Services, Coalition of Organisations Committed to the Safety and Wellbeing of Australia's Children
Canberra, A.C.T. : Coalition of Organisations Committed to the Safety and Wellbeing of Australia's Children, c2015.
Consultations are now open for the development of the Third Action Plan for the 'National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020'. A series of national roundtables will be held to reflect upon achievements to date and to explore ideas for the for the next 3 years of the plan: 2015-2018. This discussion paper provides a starting point for conversations with key stakeholders, and covers: the consultation process; the background of the National Framework and the first two action plans; challenges and achievements to date; and questions for discussion.

Annual report to the Council of Australian Governments 2012-13: Protecting children is everyone's business - National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020.

Council of Australian Governments, Australia. Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2014
'Protecting Children is Everyone's Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020' is the first long-term national approach to protect the safety and wellbeing of Australia's children, emphasising early intervention and prevention. The National Framework is supported by three-year action plans that identify specific actions, responsibilities and timeframes for implementation. This annual report reviews achievements from the first year of the Second Action Plan 2012-2015. It provides background information on the plan and reviews progress against 6 key outcomes: Children live in safe and supportive families and communities; Children and families access adequate support to promote safety and intervene early; Risk factors for child abuse and neglect are addressed; Children who have been abused or neglected receive the support and care they need for their safety and wellbeing; Indigenous children are supported and safe in their families and communities; and Child sexual abuse and exploitation is prevented and survivors receive adequate support.

Advancing the visibility of the child in adult and child and family services.

McDougall S and Gibson C
Communities, Children and Families Australia v. 8 no. 1 Jul 2014: 21-35
The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children promotes the view that to better serve Australia's children all services, communities and individuals need to work together: 'Protecting Children is Everyone's Business'. The Australian Centre for Child Protection conducted a major workforce development initiative, 'Protecting and Nurturing Children: Building Capacity, Building Bridges', to enhance the capacity of practitioners from a diverse range of services, both child- and family- and adult-focused, to work purposefully with the parents of vulnerable children to prevent child abuse and neglect. This initiative also aimed to build effective connections and support collaboration between adult-focused and child- and family-focused services at both local and strategic levels. By reflecting on the learnings gained from the 'Building Capacity, Building Bridges' initiative, this paper discusses why such an initiative is necessary and identifies some the barriers to achieving the changes called for by the Framework.

The good practice guide to Child Aware Approaches: keeping children safe and well

Hunter C and Price-Robertson R
Melbourne, Vic. : Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2014.
The Child Aware Approaches initiative was introduced under the 'Second Action Plan 2012-15' of the 'National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020'. The initiative aims to develop community-led, innovative and practical, grassroots actions to keep children safe and well. This resource document explains the core philosophies and key principles of this initiative and provides guidance on how the principles can be applied in practice. This resource is intended for service managers and practitioners working with vulnerable children and families in social services.

Reshaping our protective systems : issues and options.

Lonne B
Communities, Children and Families Australia v. 7 no. 1 Dec 2013: 9-20
Australia's systems for protecting children from child abuse and neglect are undergoing reform in light of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children and innumerable judicial and other inquiries into their operations and outcomes. This article examines the current context for child protection practice and critically examines the dominant policy and practice frameworks, highlighting issues confronting policy makers and practitioners. Within the current systemic reform agendas, it is posited, there are key priorities that must be attended to in order to bring about necessary change, workforce support and a renewed emphasis on quality professional practice and re-orientation of practice approaches. Also required is the embedding of ethics into a relationship-based practice framework, and revitalising localised community involvement in a protective web of care that provides practical, compassionate and accessible help to needy and vulnerable children and families.

National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 [electronic text] : technical paper on operational definitions and data issues for key national indicators

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Canberra : Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2013.
"This technical paper specifies the operational definitions and primary data sources for the key national indicators under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020. It outlines the best currently available data sources for the key national indicators that the AIHW has identified, in conjunction with the National Framework Implementation Working Group. It comments on data gaps and limitations, particularly inconsistencies between indicator (ideal) definitions and existing data definitions."--Back cover.

Protecting children is everyone's business - National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020: annual report to the Council of Australian Governments 2011-12.

Council of Australian Governments, Australia. Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2013
'Protecting Children is Everyone's Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020' is the first long-term national approach to protect the safety and wellbeing of Australia's children, emphasising early intervention and prevention. The National Framework is supported by three-year action plans that identify specific actions, responsibilities and timeframes for implementation. This annual report reviews the third year of operation of the National Framework, from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, and describes progress on each of the priority indicators and supporting outcomes. These address issues of child protection, child abuse prevention, out of home care, research and evidence gaps, service delivery, and Indigenous families.

Scoping reportable measures for the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 [electronic text] : supporting outcome 1.

Canberra : Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2013.
"This working paper provides an overview of the work that AIHW completed for the Standing Council on Community and Disability Services Advisory Council (SCCDSAC) funded project Scoping the development of reportable measures to support the 'National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020' supporting outcome 1: 'Children live in safe and supportive families and communities'."

Protecting children is everyone's business: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children : second three-year action plan 2012-2015.

Council of Australian Governments, Australia. Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2012
The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in April 2009. The first three-year action plan - for the 2009-2012 period - outlined how all governments, the non-government sector, and the broader community will implement national priority goals under the Framework, and measure progress towards these goals. This second action plan is for the period 2012-2015. It outlines the priorities of this reporting period, which will focus on working together across governments and non-government sectors and the development of local partnerships for local solutions.

Protecting children is everyone's business - National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020: annual report to the Council of Australian Governments 2010-11.

Council of Australian Governments, Australia. Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2012.
'Protecting Children is Everyone's Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020' is the first long-term national approach to protect the safety and wellbeing of Australia's children, emphasising early intervention and prevention. The National Framework is supported by three-year action plans that identify specific actions, responsibilities and timeframes for implementation. This second annual report reviews the second year of operation of the National Framework, from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011, and describes progress on each of the priority indicators and supporting outcomes. These address issues of child protection, child abuse prevention, out of home care, research and evidence gaps, service delivery, and Indigenous families.

Challenges ahead for history making framework.

Orr B
Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal no. 28 Autumn 2011: 4-7
The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 was established in April 2009. This article reflects on the introduction of the Framework, its first two years of operation, and considerations for the future.

National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children : perspectives on progress and challenges.

Babington B
Family Matters no. 89 2011: 11-20
The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 aims to make a substantial and sustained reduction in child abuse and neglect, implemented through a series of three-year action plans to 2020. This article discusses the origins and key aspects of the National Framework, offers perspectives on achievements to date, and suggests elements for inclusion in the forthcoming second three-year action plan, covering the period from 2012 to 2015. The first two years of the National Framework has been an important scene-setting period, marked by growth in political and NGO support and by a useful consolidation of knowledge in areas such as supports for carers and the needs of young people transitioning from the out-of-home care system. There has also been fostering of innovative practice, especially in the area of early identification of family and child needs. Much remains to be done, however, to complete successfully the first three-year action plan. Greater emphasis needs to be placed on early intervention and prevention efforts, as well as on specific areas, including disability and responding to child sexual abuse.

Protecting children : evolving systems.

Higgins D
Family Matters no. 89 2011: 5-10
This article reviews the state of the child protection system in Australia. It discusses the rate of child protection notifications, the fragmented nature of state/territory based systems, the effects of abuse and trauma on children and young people, and the development, achievements, and gaps of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020. This article also serves as a thematic editorial to this journal issue, noting the contribution of the other articles in this issue.

National Research Agenda for Protecting Children, 2011-2014: filling the research gaps : a priority project under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020

Australia. Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020. National Framework Implementation Working Group
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2011.
One of the priority actions under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 is the development of a national research agenda for protecting children. This agenda identifies research priorities and gaps in the evidence, to better inform policy development and research design. This document introduces the agenda and details five priority areas for research: prevention; protection and therapeutic responses; care; systems; and maltreatment types.

An outline of National Standards for out-of-home care

Australia. Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020. National Framework Implementation Working Group
Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2010.
The National Standards for out-of-home care have been designed to deliver consistency and drive improvements in the quality of care provided to children and young people. The 13 National Standards focus on the key factors that directly influence better outcomes for those living in out-of-home care. The National Standards are an initiative of all governments - the Australian Government and state and territory governments - and is one of 12 priority projects as part of the 'National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020'. The report introduces each of the new standards, and discusses their overarching principles, measurement, and reporting.

Protecting children is everyone's business - National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020: annual report to the Council of Australian Governments 2009-10.

Council of Australian Governments, Australia. Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Canberra, ACT : Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2010.
'Protecting Children is Everyone's Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020' is the first long-term national approach to protect the safety and wellbeing of Australia's children, emphasising early intervention and prevention. The National Framework is supported by three-year action plans that identify specific actions, responsibilities and timeframes for implementation. This annual report reviews the first year of operation of the National Framework, from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010, and describes progress on each of the priority indicators and supporting outcomes. These address issues of child protection, child abuse prevention, out of home care, research and evidence gaps, service delivery, and Indigenous families.

Can a national approach really make a difference?

Schrapel S
Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal no. 25 Autumn/Winter 2010: 4-7
One year ago, the Council of Australian Governments reached agreement on the establishment of a 12-year National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children. This article discusses the contribution of the framework to child protection work and the way governments and communities can engage around public policy.
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