Fleur Smith

Biography

Fleur is currently the Family Matters National Campaign Coordinator at SNAICC – National Voice for our Children. Fleur holds an Honours Degree in Anthropology and has over a decade’s experience in the not-for-profit sector in policy and advocacy roles, with a focus on Aboriginal health and social justice advocacy.

Abstract

May 26th marks the 20 year anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report. When it was released, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were one in every five children in care. Now, they are one in three. The rate of Indigenous children in out-of-home care is now almost ten times that of other children, and continues to grow.
Recent projections by the University of Melbourne show that this poulation will triple in the next 20 years if nothing is done to interrupt current trajectories.
We need a fundamental paradigm shift, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. And we know that the most powerful change will come from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities themselves.
The Family Matters National Week of Action, from May 19-25, will be a groundbreaking collaboration, marked by public and community events and forums across Australia. The week of action will provide a space for community voices to be heard. It seeks to:
• break down damaging misconceptions
• provide communities with the practical skills and resources to speak up on this issue,
• raise public awareness, and
• encourage positive change in legislation, policy and practice, based on principles of community empowerment and human rights.
Mainstream service providers and peaks are our most crucial audience. Through joining in the national week of action, every participant in the Child Aware Approaches Conference can play a crucial role in improving the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
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