Share your child protection story


We've already spoken to dozens of Aboriginal people, like the mob in Bathurst (pictured above) who generously took the time to share their child protection stories with us.

Now we want to speak with you and your contacts. Whether you're a person who grew up in out-of-home care, a parent who had a child taken from them, a concerned grandparent or relative, a carer, a caseworker or someone who works with our youth – if you're Aboriginal and you've had any involvement with the child protection system, we want to know what it was like.

We'll use the information you give us to write a report about Aboriginal people's experiences with child protection in NSW, and we'll also share key info with the public through our social media and website. The report will be given to politicians ahead of the NSW state election, which is coming up in late March. It's an important time to let the decision-makers in our state know what works – and what doesn't work – for Aboriginal children and families. Please pass this on.

Share your contact details here


A new year and a fresh start for AbSec

You may have noticed we've started using a new name and logo! We're now AbSec - NSW Child, Family and Community Peak Aboriginal Corporation.

Don't worry, we're still the same people with the same vision and values. We've just changed our business structure from an association to an Aboriginal corporation, under the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations. 

This also brings exciting changes for our members. Our membership structure has been simplified so that it's now easier for you to join us, and individual Aboriginal members can now nominate to sit on our board. As usual, all members can attend and participate in our annual general meetings, and Aboriginal members can vote on actions at these meetings.

These changes bring us closer towards our vision of being a truly Aboriginal community-controlled organisation, driven by the needs and wishes of Aboriginal people.

Become an AbSec member today!



Upcoming events and training


6 FEBRUARY: AbSec Aboriginal agency forum (Sydney) - please contact us if you would like to attend

7 FEBRUARY: NSW Family Matters Group meeting - please contact us if you are interested in joining the steering group

12 FEBRUARY: Sharing information and engaging with parents about child mental health (webinar)

12-13 FEBRUARY: Their Futures Matter Conference 2019

13 FEBRUARY: Stop forced adoptions - rally on the anniversary of the Apology

18 FEBRUARY: Aboriginal workforce development workshop (Central Coast)

20 FEBRUARY: Aboriginal workforce development workshop (Tamworth)

22 FEBRUARY: Aboriginal workforce development workshop (Lismore)

25 FEBRUARY: Aboriginal workforce development workshop (Coffs Harbour)

28 FEBRUARY: Aboriginal workforce development workshop (Broken Hill)

28 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH: CCSA Rural and Remote Forum (Dubbo)

4 MARCH: Aboriginal workforce development workshop (Bathurst)

5 MARCH: Aboriginal workforce development workshop (Dubbo)

5 MARCH: Cultural Connections Workshop (Penrith)

6 MARCH: Aboriginal workforce development workshop (Nowra)

6 MARCH: Cultural Connections Workshop (Sydney)

7 MARCH: Cultural Connections Workshop (Liverpool)

8 MARCH: Aboriginal workforce development workshop (Sydney)

12 MARCH: Cultural Connections Workshop (Kempsey)

12 MARCH: Aboriginal workforce development workshop (Campbelltown)

14 MARCH: Cultural Connections Workshop (Newcastle)

15 MARCH: Cultural Connections Workshop (Gosford)

18 MARCH: Aboriginal workforce  development workshop (Wagga Wagga)

20 MARCH: Aboriginal workforce development workshop (Bega)

26 MARCH: Cultural Connections Workshop (Coffs Harbour)

27 MARCH: Cultural Connections Workshop (Goonellabah)

27 MARCH: AbSec members' forum - please contact us for info

29 MARCH: Cultural Connections Workshop (Tweed Heads)

**SAVE THE DATE**: AbSec's 2019 conference will be held in Coffs Harbour from Tuesday 19 November to Thursday 21 November. More to come soon.

Training in the child and family sector is available from providers including AbSec Learning and Development Centre, The Centre for Community Welfare Training and LEAD Professional Development Association. Other good resources for sector workers include Child Family Community AustraliaLeep communityNet, Parentshop, and NCOSS sector hub



Community noticeboard


From AbSec: We're holding a competition to decide on the artwork theme for our 2019 conference. Aboriginal kids and young people up to 25 years of age are invited to submit their artwork by 31 March to go in the running to win a new iPad. Email your entry with subject line "Artwork competition" to admin@absec.org.au

From Monash University: Monash and SNAICC are conducting a one-year study on the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people transitioning from out-of-home care in every state and territory. A key component of the study will be consultations with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations that work with young people. For more information, get in touch with John Burton from SNAICC on john.burton@snaicc.org.au or (03) 9419 1912.

From SNAICC: Abstract submissions are open for the SNAICC national conference in September 2019. Papers should relate to the conference theme, Stong Identity, Strong Culture and Strong Connection. Submissions close on 22 February. Find out more on the SNAICC website.

From Family Matters campaign Chair, Natalie Lewis: Family Matters, Australia's national campaign to keep Aboriginal kids safe and cared for in culture and community, is calling for your support to drive the campaign forward. You can help by joining the leadership group, providing financial support, or building the campaign recommendations into your organisation's advocacy strategy. See Natalie Lewis' call for support here.

From Community Sector Banking: The Indigenous Scholarship Program is open for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at either university or TAFE, or towards an apprenticeship or traineeship in 2019. Find out more and apply online.

From the National NAIDOC Committee: Entries are open for 2019 NAIDOC grant funding, supporting the cost of local and regional NAIDOC Week activities across Australia. Apply for grants here. Nominations are also open for this year's National NAIDOC Awards - find out more.

From Transport for NSW: A new Opal one-day travel pass is available to provide short-term emergency travel assistance to people in need. Approved organisations (including government agencies, charities and NGOs) can buy the passes in bulk to provide to their clients. Find out more.

From FACS: The NSW Government has launched NSW's first telephone counselling and referral service for violent or potentially violent men to help reduce domestic violence. The toll-free Men's Referral Service is on 1300 766 941 across NSW, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. There is also a No To Violence website.

From NCOSS: NCOSS is pleased to present its 2019 (Quarter 1) training opportunities, a combination of ‘tried and tested’ topics as well as first offerings. Training events and workshops include many relevant to community organisations in the child and family sector. See upcoming training on the NCOSS website.

From ACWA: Enrolments are now open for ACWA's Community Leadership Program. The program challenges, nurtures and fosters new leaders in the community and human services sectors. Early bird discounts are also available up to 29 February. Find out more.

From Their Futures Matter: For vulnerable children, young people and families, timely access to services and support is essential to address child wellbeing or safety concerns. The system needs to give people a pathway to early support when they need it, both early in life and early in need, and must intervene to protect children identified to be at risk of significant harm. Their Futures Matter invites you to review the discussion paper for redesign of the Access System and provide your feedback

From UNSW: A recent report presents preliminary findings of young people’s experiences accessing services after leaving out-of-home care. The study found that young people’s contact with services was fragmented and crisis-oriented. All young people involved in the study reported that earlier support from aftercare services would have alleviated many of the difficulties faced when first leaving care. Read the report.

Our community noticeboard includes information and opportunities relevant to those working in the Aboriginal child and family sector in NSW. To suggest content, please email your submission to media@absec.org.au



Are you interested in a communications career?

We're looking for an Aboriginal media and communications officer - someone who's great with words and great with people, with a passion for supporting Aboriginal kids and families. We can provide on-the-job training for the right person. Please contact media@absec.org.au to discuss.