The Children and Families Tripartite Forum (the Forum) held its second meeting of 2020 on 18 May 2020. The focus of the Forum meeting was the response to the Productivity Commission Study into Expenditure on Children in the Northern Territory (Productivity Commission Study). The Forum agreed and advised that the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments should support and implement the agreed recommendations of the Productivity Commission Study. The forum agreed that the vehicle for actioning this would be the development and implementation of the 10-year Generational Strategy for Children and Families in the Northern Territory.
The Children and Families Tripartite Forum held its first meeting of 2020 in Darwin. The meeting was chaired by Ms Donna Ah Chee, and attended by members and observers from the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments, Northern Territory Council of Social Service, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory.
The core focus of the meeting was the continued development of the Generational Strategy.
The Big Rivers Child and Family Centre was opened on Wednesday 5 February 2020 at an event hosted by Kalano Community Association and attended by more than 140 people.
(from left) Katherine Mayor Fay Miller, the Hon Eva Lawler MLA, and Kalano Community Association CEO William Headley officially open the centre
The Children and Families Tripartite Forum (the Forum) met on 15 November 2019 in Alice Springs.
The 2018-19 Generational Change Annual Report was released today. The report highlights the significant progress that has been made to improve the lives of children, young people and families in the Northern Territory.
The Children and Families Tripartite Forum (Tripartite Forum) held a special meeting with the Productivity Commission to discuss the study into expenditure for children in the Northern Territory.
The Children and Families Tripartite Forum (the Forum) held its third meeting of 2019 in Alice Springs. The meeting was chaired by Ms Donna Ah Chee, who welcomed representatives and observers from the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments, NT Council of Social Service, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory.
The Children and Families Tripartite Forum (the Forum) held its second meeting of 2019 on 15 April in Darwin. The meeting was chaired by Ms Donna Ah Chee, who welcomed attendees and thanked Priscilla Atkins for chairing the previous meeting, the minutes for which were accepted by all Forum members. As agreed at the January Forum meeting, the thematic focus for the April meeting was “Early Intervention and Prevention”.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its final report in December 2017, shortly after the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.
The Children and Families Tripartite Forum (the Forum) held its first meeting of 2019 on 31 January in Alice Springs. This meeting was chaired by (acting chair) Ms Priscilla Atkins.
The Children and Families Tripartite Forum (Tripartite Forum) held a special meeting to discuss Youth Detention on 19 November 2018. In the meeting, the Tripartite Forum considered the incident in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre on Tuesday, 6 November 2018.
The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT Final Report was handed down one year ago.
The Northern Territory Government accepted the intent and direction of all 227 recommendations, and in April this year committed an additional $229.6 million over five years to implement the reforms outlined in Safe, Thriving and Connected and better support children, young people and families experiencing vulnerability.
Statement from the Chief Minister, The Honourable Michael Gunner MLA
Today Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally acknowledged and apologised for the appalling abuse endured by vulnerable children by the very people who were supposed to care for them.
Representatives of the Tripartite Forum discussed their Two Year rolling Work Plan. This Work Plan identifies the issues and projects in Safe, Thriving and Connected that the Tripartite Forum will be closely involved in progressing including supporting the planning of the 11 new Child and Family Centres.
In early August, Inspector Lienert from the New Zealand Police traveled to Darwin and met with NT Police staff, Executive, Youth Engagement Officers, Territory Families representatives, the Reform Management Office, Law Reform experts and Department of Education staff.
The Children and Families Tripartite Forum (the Forum) chaired by Ms Donna Ah Chee held its inaugural meeting in Alice Springs on 23 July 2018. In attendance were a total of 11 representatives, with seven nominated by the Community Sector (Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, the NT Council of Social Service and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency), and two representatives from each of the Commonwealth and NT governments. The majority of Community Sector representatives are Aboriginal people.
Ms Donna Ah Chee was officially appointed by the relevant NT and Commonwealth government Ministers on Monday 9 July 2018, given her wealth of experience in other Chair roles and her strong track record of achievement as CEO of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.
Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families
Throughout April and May, the Northern Territory Government and Reform Management Office held briefings about Safe, Thriving and Connected: Generational Change for Children and Families in regional centres across the Northern Territory.
More than 100 stakeholders from both the government and non government sectors gathered at Parliament House to receive the Implementation Plan and hear from Minister Wakefield firsthand about the key programs that would be implemented, in partnership and through extensive collaboration, to achieve genuine generational change across the Territory.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner, Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield and Attorney-General Natasha Fyles met with Federal Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan and Assistant Minister for Children and Families David Gillespie this morning to discuss both Governments’ response to the Royal Commission into Youth Justice and Child Protection in the Northern Territory.
Following on from the Community Sector Consultation Forums held in Darwin and Alice Springs in February, and the NT Government’s response to the Royal Commission recommendations, discussions are progressing on the proposed Tripartite Forum (recommendation 43.7 of the Royal Commission report).
The Territory Labor Government today announced it will accept the intent and direction of all 227 Royal Commission recommendations, delivered in its final report late last year.
More than 130 stakeholder representatives participated in the NGO Consultation Forums held recently in Darwin (9 February) and Alice Springs (16 February).
The NT Government’s general position on the Royal Commission report was summarised by the Chief Minister when he tabled the Report in Parliament.