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Attending school every day counts – but kids in out-of-home care are missing out

Attendance at school is crucial to improving educational outcomes for students. Unfortunately, children in out-of-home care face myriad challenges when it comes to attending school every day.
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First Nations children are still being removed at disproportionate rates. Cultural assumptions about parenting need to change

Child protection notification processes in Australia have a history of disproportionately targeting First Nations families.
Children display banners at the Redfern Community Centre after watching the live telecast of the formal Apology to the Stolen Generations. Wikimedia

Stolen Generation redress scheme won’t reach everyone affected by the policies that separated families

Recently, the Commonwealth government created a redress scheme to compensate Stolen Generations survivors. But more needs to be done to address the trauma.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt arrive ahead of delivering the statement on the Closing the Gap Implementation Report. Lukas Koch/AAP

The government’s Stolen Generations redress scheme is piecemeal and unrealistic

The government recently announced a new reparations scheme for Stolen Generations survivors. However, these survivors are only a fraction of the Indigenous children separated from their families.
Three Rivers by Aunty Lorraine Brown and Aunty Narelle Thomas, from the Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation. This artwork was commissioned by the Research Centre for Children and Families and the image represents the importance of keeping children in out-of-home care connected to Kinship and culture. Provided by author

How caring for children can help Aboriginal Elders during lockdown

Pandemic-induced lockdowns have brought up challenges for children in out-of-home care and their carers. However, Kinship care provided unexpected positives for Aboriginal elders and their families.
Big Elders meetings are conducted annually in Perth as part of community consultation and governance for the Ngulluk Koolunga Ngulluk Koort (Our Children Our Heart) project. Provided by author

Thirteen years after ‘Sorry’, too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are still being removed from their homes

We need to stop taking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children out of their homes and listen to elders instead.
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What governments can do about the increase in family violence due to coronavirus

Family violence issues are likely to be exacerbated by the COVID-10 pandemic. Lockdown can especially affect women and children who may wish to escape an abusive relationship or receive support.
Some people will find it harder than others to choose a new home care service provider to help with gardening or getting out and about. from www.shutterstock.com

Seven steps to help you choose the right home care provider

Older Australians needing extra help at home with bathing or gardening can now choose who provides that service. So what do you need to know before choosing a new service for yourself or a family member?
Some homeless youth facing criminal charges in NSW are being accommodated in prisons. Adrian Fallace/flikr

NSW bail laws mean well but are landing homeless kids in prison

Homeless children charged in NSW with a criminal offence who are unable to meet bail conditions are being kept in custody. It’s due, in part, to a well-meant but flawed section of the Bail Act.

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