PRESS RELEASE: NAIDOC – CREATE CALLS FOR ACTION TO REDUCE OVER REPRESENTATION OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER KIDS IN CARE

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10 November 2020

CREATE CALLS FOR ACTION TO REDUCE OVER REPRESENTATION

One of the smallest (6%)** cultural populations in Australia make up forty per cent* of children and young people (to age 17) in out-of-home. CREATE believes that the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in statutory care is unacceptable in a developed, prosperous country such as Australia.

The 2020 NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. CREATE Foundation’s Chief Executive, Ms Jacqui Reed, took this opportunity to share that it is unacceptable to see the continuance of the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in care in Australia.

“Despite years of research and tireless advocacy by the sector, over-representation remains a key issue in out-of-home care.” said Ms Reed.

“CREATE urges state and territory governments to set as their highest priority actions for early intervention to curb the increasing number of Indigenous children entering care”

CREATE Foundation is the national consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience (including kinship care, foster care and residential care). CREATE develops policy and research to report on and advocate for a better care system. Click this bold text to about CREATE’s position paper on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in care here.

One of the ways CREATE is highlighting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community during NAIDOC is in the latest episode of CREATE’s popular Voices in Action Podcast: an interview between an Aboriginal young person who is part of CREATE’s community and CEO and Founder of ID Know Yourself, Isaiah Dawe. Isaiah grew up in out-of-home care, and was estranged from his culture from quite a young age. The interview was incredibly insightful and shone a light on a number of issues faced by children and young people in the care sector, including the challenging journey of identity and cultural connection experienced by many First Nations young people with a care experience.
For more information please visit the CREATE website at www.create.org.au

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