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Project report

Support family protection in northern Australia Australia , RUN BY: Save The Children Australia | STATUS: COMPLETED

This project is 100% Funded



AUD 20,006

Raised from 6,439 people

Project background

Nationally, child protection notifications and substantiations continue to rise. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are disproportionately represented in the statutory care system across Australia with out-of-home care rates almost ten times that of other children. 

The consequences of child removal are profound: devastating families; deepening intergenerational trauma; triggering poor life outcomes; and eroding culture and community. We know that working with families early prevents issues from escalating, reduces the need for alternative, out-of-home care and promotes healthy child development. 

Project activities

Save the Children's Family Protection Support program works with parents and caregivers referred to us due to their children being at risk of abuse or neglect. Through the delivery of parenting courses, workshops and intensive specialised support, Save the Children works to intervene early to prevent abuse and neglect of children in isolated and marginalised communities.

The program works both with children and parents, grandparents and guardians. Save the Children support them to access drug, alcohol, domestic violence and mental health specialist services. Families are mentored in their homes and local communities to develop and enhance their parenting skills, many for up to a year. Education sessions provide participants with positive parenting techniques and new ideas about caring for children that help reduce disadvantage and prevent the abuse and neglect of Aboriginal children.

Through early intervention the program aims to increase the parenting skills and confidence of disadvantaged families and provide referrals to access support services. The program includes regular community events to encourage families to build strong relationships and interact with others. 

Project impact

The $20,000 from Footprints helped to pay for a family support worker to continue their work with 11 high-needs families, helping to divert children from the child protection system. 

This included:

  • Weekly in-home mentoring visits to help families develop and enhance their parenting skills.
  • Education sessions on child developmental needs and behavioral changes.
  • Positive parenting education sessions that teach parents technique to discipline and communicate with children without violence.
  • Drug, alcohol, domestic violence and mental health specialist services referrals.

What's next?

Family Protection Support is a continuing project, with a new term starting in September 2019.

How was it this funded?

Thanks to hundreds of tiny donations from these online businesses and their customers.

World Nomads USA
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Save The Children Australia

Save the Children Australia aims to ensure that all children, regardless of gender, race, country of origin or religious belief have the means for survival, receive protection and have access to nutrition, primary health care and basic education.