19 November 2014 | BLOG: Child Protection
SNAICC is proud to release “Safe for our Kids: A guide to family violence response and prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families” (the Guide).
While there is evidence of the importance of local solutions to prevent and to respond to family violence, there is a gap in information on key principles that effectively reduce the incidence of family violence. The Guide will contribute to increased awareness by service providers, researchers, policy makers and other decision makers on effective community controlled strategies that respond to and prevent family violence.
The Guide has been developed from consultation with community-controlled service providers, and a review of the evidence of what works. This has involved the development of a literature review and consultation report on effective community controlled strategies that prevent and respond to family violence.
The aim of the Guide is to support best practice across the nation to reduce the incidence and impacts of family violence. The guide includes a set of evidence-based good practice principles presented as a ‘Process Framework’ to assist in achieving positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and communities, but in particular supports the needs of children.
The project has been supported by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation and the Federal Government. SNAICC has also consulted with other leading organisations including the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance and the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services.
SNAICC believes that by using these principles to inform programs and initiatives, communities, services and governments can work to put supports and resources in place to keep children safe from the devastating impacts of family violence.
The Guide was launched during the SNAICC AGM by SNAICC Chairperson Sharon Williams.