Stephanie Gotlib

Biography

Stephanie is the Chief Executive Officer of the national representative persons organisation for children and young people with disability aged 0 to 25 years, Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA). CYDA provides systemic advocacy to achieve better outcomes for children and young people with disability and their families.

Abstract

Children with disability continue to be overlooked in the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children (the Framework). There is minimal reference and focus on children with disability in the current implementation plan. While this continues as the status quo Australia will continue to fail in building child safe organisations and environment for children with disability.

It is the view of Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) that at the outset of the establishment of the Framework there was limited recognition or understanding of the significant and specific issues relevant to children with disability regarding child safety, wellbeing and abuse. Further, CYDA believes that to date there has been little progress in ensuring children with disability are ‘core business’ in the Framework.

CYDA is concerned that the safety and wellbeing of children with disability is still largely positioned as the work and responsibility of the disability sector when it should also be embedded and central to the work of children and family services.

This presentation will discuss why it is critical that children with disability must be a core focus of the Framework and how this will impact on child safe practice and ultimately on children’s lives.

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