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 thematic focus for the July meeting was Family and Community Decision Making, in addition the Forum had requested a briefing from Northern Territory Police on the treatment of young people in Alice Springs.
The Hon. Dale Wakefield, Minister for Territory Families, attended the July meeting and discussed issues related to youth justice, the Back on Track program, and the assessment and treatment of young people. The Forum congratulated Minister Wakefield for responding to the needs of vulnerable young people and increasing the number of youth programs in Alice Springs.
The Forum continued its discussion on the scope and direction for the Coordinated Funding Framework. The Forum agreed that the focus of the framework should be early intervention and prevention services for families and children. The Forum also agreed that local communities should have a strong role in the design and delivery of services.
The scope for the Coordinated Funding Framework, once finalised by the Forum, will be provided to the Productivity Commission to inform its study into government expenditure on children and families services in the Northern Territory that prevent harm to children. The Forum’s advice on the scope of the Coordinated Funding Framework will also be provided to the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Governments to promote a new approach to planning and funding children and family support services and to working with the community services sector.
Presentations and key reforms were provided and discussed with the Forum:
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