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The Australian Centre for Child Protection and Families Australia were proud to jointly provide national leadership for the Australian Government's Child Aware Local Initiative (CALI).
The Child Aware Local Initiative aimed to enhance community awareness of the range of issues negatively affecting the wellbeing of children and to support communities to foster safe and nurturing environments for their children.
Child Aware Approaches are community-led, innovative and practical actions to keep children safe and well.
The Child Aware Local Initiative (CALI) was a capacity-building initiative which supported communities to undertake early intervention and prevention activities that contributed to keeping children safe and well.
The Child Aware Local Initiative is a central priority under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 and the Second Action Plan 2012-15. Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments, the National Framework presents an unprecedented level of collaboration between Australian, State and Territory governments and non-government organisations to protect children.
The supporting outcomes of the National Framework are the key drivers of the Child Aware Local Initiative which was implemented through a partnership between the community sector and Commonwealth and state and territory governments.
The six supporting outcomes of the National Framework are:
Key messages of the Child Aware Local Initiative include:
The Australian Centre for Child Protection and Families Australia.
Communities were supported to develop and implement sustainable local plans of action by bringing together existing resources and networks within communities.
In each community a lead organisation was partnered with a range of agencies, groups and individuals such as national, state and local government agencies, community leaders, community sector organisations and groups, corporate and small business, health and education institutions, child protection services and children, parents and families.
Communities implemented practical actions and local solutions that contributed to keeping children safe and well. Practical actions included developing resources and some training tools or families reaching out to other families or services asking about children’s needs. A review of the Child Aware Local Initiative was conducted in June 2016 by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.
Maryborough, Vic; Lismore, NSW; Townsville, Qld; Katherine, NT; Seaford, SA; South Tuggeranong, ACT; Geeveston, Tas.
The Australia Centre for Child Protection and Families Australia brought stakeholders together and provided support to develop a community vision and associated practical action to drive sustainable change for children in each of the CALI locations.
Relevant research, training, tools and practice examples from successful projects were provided to address local needs.
People from the CALI locations told us what 'child aware' meant to them. Click here to watch the video.
For more information on the Local Initiatives, click here