We’re building a system that supports the needs of Aboriginal children, young people and their families. Throughout this process, we acknowledge and support the cultural needs of Aboriginal people and communities, and engage with community leaders on service design and delivery.
To ensure that support is culturally appropriate and needs-based, we’re partnering with Aboriginal organisations and local leaders to co-design solutions, while through the Aboriginal Evidence Building in Partnership project, experts and program leaders are helping to build an evidence base of programs and services that work best for Aboriginal children, young people and families.
The principle of co-design ensures support programs are community driven and led, and designed with local Aboriginal communities.
Co-designed, needs-based supports and initiatives are crucial to reducing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care. More than seven per cent of Aboriginal children in NSW are in out-of-home care compared to one per cent of all children in NSW, and innovative, locally-led solutions are urgently needed to address this figure.
A priority of the reform is to implement programs that are evidence-based, have been rigorously evaluated and consistently demonstrate effectiveness. A strong evidence base allows locally designed services and programs to be strengthened or modified to meet individual, family, community and cultural needs. It will significantly boost the evidence currently available of what works best for Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities for better wellbeing outcomes.
The Aboriginal Evidence Building in Partnership project will help to develop a stronger evidence base of programs and services that work best for Aboriginal children, young people, families, and communities. It will:
Ngaliinba Mariyang – Our Future
Artist: Saretta Fielding, Wonaruah
This artwork represents our partnership with Aboriginal communities. Central to the work are three traditional people symbols reflective of Their Futures Matter, with further people symbols facing outward toward community.
Circling this imagery is a pathway that reflects the journey travelled by all stakeholders to create strong partnerships between community, Aboriginal organisations and government.
Red gathering circles upon this path depict Aboriginal tribal groups across the NSW footprint, alongside all stakeholders. The outer people symbols facing into the centre hold a threefold meaning: nurturing of our children, supporting families toward better outcomes and embracing a shared vision of great futures for all.
Our vision is to create a coordinated service system that delivers evidence-based, wraparound supports for children and families to transform their life outcomes.