The Family Matters Report is a collaborative effort of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, the Family Matters campaign, University of Melbourne, Griffith University and Monash University.
Each year, the Family Matters campaign releases its annual report. In 2020, this report once again highlighted alarming results on the state of child protection in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and suggests ways forward to turn this around. At 30 June 2019, 20,077 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were in out-of-home care, with the majority unlikely to return to their family or kin. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, being disconnected from family and community means a loss of cultural connection – and their human right to cultural inheritance.
On this Standing Strong Together podcast we hear from Sue-Anne Hunter who is a proud Wurundjeri and Ngurai illum wurrung woman. She works as the Family Matters co chairperson National Sector Development Manager at SNAIIC. Sue- Anne talks with SST host Natasha Ferré about the findings in this years Family Matters Report, why the statics vary from State to State and what some of the critical recommendations are to end the over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in out of home care.