NACCHO National #ChildrensDay2016 :My Country, Our Country, We All Belong

Kids

“Family and community are so important to  who I am, to who we are as Aboriginal people.  Removing children from their parents and  family should only ever be a last resort.”

The theme for Children’s Day 2016 is My Country, Our Country, We All Belong. This year Children’s Day is all about helping our kids feel connected and proud in culture.

It’s all about ensuring all our kids feel like they belong. See Cape York Apunipima Cape York Health Council events ( Below)

It has been 25 years since the Australian Government recognised every child’s rights to survival, protection and healthy development.

When we listen to young Aboriginal people, they explain why this is such a problem. They say that to fulfill their rights, the government must keep them strong in their culture and identity.

That means staying connected to their family and community: the people who will support them as they grow into adults and forge the future of their communities

CRC25: Australian Child Rights Progress Report shows astounding gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children

Childers Day

Children’s Day is coordinated nationally by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), the national non-governmental peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

‘National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (Children’s Day) is a time to for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children.

The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that community, culture and family play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.

Children’s Day is held on 4 August each year and is coordinated by SNAICC. Children’s Day was first observed in 1988, with 2016 being the 29th celebration.

The theme for Children’s Day 2016 is My Country, Our Country, We All Belong.

This year’s theme aims to provide a space for everyone to come together to celebrate the achievements of the early learning services and the families and children they support. If we can ensure these services are funded in a sustainable way they can continue to support our kids stand tall and strong.’

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          UNICEF Report 1 in 5 Aboriginal children  are growing up away from their parents

By signing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Australia committed to protect and support even the most disadvantaged and marginalised children – a promise which, 25 years later, is yet to be realised for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

CRC25: Australian Child Rights Progress Report shows astounding gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are:

  • more than twice as likely to be born with a low birthweight
  • nine times as likely to be living away from their families in out of home care; and
  • a staggering 26 times as likely to be in detained in the justice system.
  • Too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are separated from their families, with one in five living in alternative care. One third of these children are placed with non-indigenous carers.

When we listen to young Aboriginal people, they explain why this is such a problem. They say that to fulfill their rights, the government must keep them strong in their culture and identity.

That means staying connected to their family and community: the people who will support them as they grow into adults and forge the future of their communities

Where to now?
As governments work to realise the rights of Aboriginal and Torrres Straight Islander children, they should draw on communities’ cultural strengths in caring for their own families. Investment must heal and strengthen families and it should empower communities to determine their own ways forward.

The CRC25 report offers state, territory and Commonwealth governments a path to addressing the over-representaiton of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care:

  • Invest in reuniting families when appropriate.
  • Involve children and young people in the decision-making process and embed Indigenous decision-making throughout all phases of the child protection system.
  • Build on the resilience and culturally strong practice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to protect children.
  • This would include:
    • Increased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community- lead child protection mechanisms and systems.
    • Community lead holistic service supports for families based on local knowledge.
    • Access to culturally, strong, intensive family support services.
    • Universal access to Aboriginal and Family Decision-making process.
    • Embed healing informed practice in service delivery.
  • Engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in all discussions and decisions that impact their communities and provide for meaningful participation

UNICEF Australia supports the work of community organisations like SNAICC, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, to advance these critical reforms.

After 25 years of children’s rights, it’s time for Australia to fulfill it’s promise of a fair chance for every child.

Bub

Image is of one of a lovely mum and bub from Aurukun who are participating in our award winning Baby One Program.

Apunipima Celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

Apunipima Cape York Health Council will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day on August 4 with a range of activities held across Cape York’s remote communities.

Baby One Program Support Officer Faye Humphries who will be in Hopevale (north of Cooktown) on August 4 said Children’s Day was an opportunity to celebrate the next generation.

‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is all about family and cherishing our young ones. Having a national day of celebration of our kids is really special and a chance for community to come together.’

The theme for Children’s Day 2016 is My Country, Our Country, We All Belong. This year Children’s Day is all about helping our kids feel connected and proud in culture. It’s all about ensuring all our kids feel like they belong.

Cape York

Aurukun 

August 4 marks both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day and Aurukun Day. Maternal and Child Health Worker Johanna Hunt will be holding a stall in the centre of Aurukun to provide information on maternal and child health and Apunipima’s award winning Baby One Program, a home visiting program which runs from pregnancy until bub is nearly three.

Pormpuraaw

Apunipima and Pormpuraaw’s Pormpur Paanthu Day Care will be launching ‘Healthy Kids, Healthy Teeth, an oral health booklet produced as part of Apunipima Health Promotion Officer Fiona Millard’s Healthy Kids Program. Fiona worked with staff and children at the day care to create words and pictures that demonstrate the importance of caring for your teeth.

The project is based around the principles of community’s own solutions and building community capacity.

August 4 also marks the middle of Dental Health Week (1-8 August)!

Kowanyama

Maternal and Child Health Nurse and Midwife Robyn Grierson Maternal and Child Health Worker Florida Getawan (also mother of seven) are also focusing on healthy teeth. The pair will head down to Kowanyama State School on Thursday and talk to the kids about the importance of brushing, eating well choosing water over sugary drinks.

Coen

Maternal and Child Health Worker Kirstin Kulka will be linking in with Cape York Partnerships on Thursday. A morning tea and lunch will be held at the Wellbeing Centre with Kirstin and a CYP Parenting Consultant providing information on parenting, child health and the importance of immunisation.

Mapoon

Maternal and Child Health Worker Daphne De Jersey will head to Mapoon Playgroup on Thursday and share ways to keep culture alive. Daphne is an accomplished artist and she is planning to provide a range of art activities for the kids including getting them to paint animals and bush tucker and stick things on to a large picture of a snake.

Mossman Gorge 

Maternal and Child Health Worker Lauren Ryan and Maternal and Child Health Worker Trainee Carina Denman will be holding a stall outside Mossman Gorge Primary Health Care Centre featuring health information including material on Apunipima’s award winning Baby One Program which looks after mums and bubs from pregnancy through to the child’s first 1000 days, balloons, posters and healthy food. There will also be face painting for the kids and Lauren and Carina will be available to yarn with parents and carers about child health.

Wujal Wujal

Wujal Wujal Playgroup will get a visit from Maternal and Child Health Worker Bettina Sykes who will talk to the kids about the importance of blowing your nose and brushing teeth. Betty will also yarn with the mums about child health.

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