Family Matters – kids safe in culture, not in care is a national initiative working in partnership with the non-government sector (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and mainstream non-government agencies). It uses community engagement, systemic change, and communication strategies to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in out-of home care.
Family Matters is a multilayered strategy targeting government and non-government sectors. It adopts a bottom-up approach where consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, service providers and practitioners informs the content and strategic directions of the project.
Family Matters is also successfully engaging with the Ministers for Child Protection and Commissioners for Children and Young People across the nation through one-on-one meetings and through their participation in public forums. The aim is to influence governments at state, territory and national levels to change their policies in relation to child protection and to refocus resources on prevention and family support services.