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Client: National Indigenous Australians Agency
Stronger Communities for Children aims to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people the best possible start in life through safer families and communities, nurturing educational environments, positive participation opportunities and cultural events. Our approach has been to ensure that local communities have a real say in local decision-making, including what services they need and how they are delivered.
What is the Stronger Communities for Children Program?
The Stronger Communities for Children (SCfC) initiative is a place-based community development program which aims to give Aboriginal children and young people in the participating Northern Territory communities the best possible start in life so that they grow up strong, healthy and confident. SCfC began in June 2013 with five communities and in June 2015 five new communities were added to the program. SCfC is one of a range of measures funded by the Australian Government that is seeking to support Aboriginal children and families.
The Aims of SCfC
Where is it happening?
Stronger Communities for Children projects were established in Ngukurr, Galiwin’ku, Wadeye, Ntaria and Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) in 2013. In 2015, an additional five projects were established in Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Utopia Homelands, Plenty Hwy (Atitjere & Engawala) and Lajamanu.
How does it work?
SCfC operates through a Local Community Board, comprising local Aboriginal community members, whose role it is to:
The SCfC Local Community Board works with a lead non-government organisation, or a ‘Facilitating Partner’, whose role it is to:
There are 10 sites in total participating in the SCfC program. Information on each community’s facilitating partner organisation is provided below.
|Community||Facilitating Partner Organisation||Website|
|Galiwin’ku||Yalu Aboriginal Corporation||http://yalu.org.au|
|Wadeye||Thamarrurr Development Corporation||http://thamarrurr.com/|
|Ngukurr||Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation||https://yugulmangi.com/|
|Ntaria||WANTA Aboriginal Corporation||http://wanta.org.au|
|Lytentye Apurte||Atyenhenge-Atherre Aboriginal Corporation (AAAC)||http://aaacorp.org.au/|
|Gunbalanya||Adjumarllal Aboriginal Corporation|
|Atitjere & Engawala||Children’s Ground||https://www.childrensground.org.au/|
|Lajamanu||Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC)||http://wydac.org.au/home/|
|Utopia||Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation||http://www.urapuntja-aboriginal-corporation.com/|
|Maningrida||Mala’la Health Service Aboriginal Corporation||http://www.malala.com.au|
What is Ninti One’s Role?
Ninti One is the lead organisation in the Quality Service Support Panel (QSSP), which works with SCfC communities by engaging with evidence around children, families and wellbeing.
Ninti One supports SCfC communities with the implementation of the program, working directly with SCfC Local Community Boards as well as Facilitating Partner organisations and local Aboriginal Community Facilitators (ACFs). Ninti One assists in the following areas:
What has been achieved under SCfC so far?
While the full impact of SCfC is still emerging, we are seeing fantastic outcomes for children, families and communities across the 10 regions. Local Community Boards are pushing to address gaps in service delivery to secure a safe, strong and healthy future for their children.
In 2020, Ninti One set out to produce an SCfC program-wide evaluation of these outcomes, the product of which is the SCfC Storybook. The Storybook details the successes achieved across six communities at an individual, community and systems level. Importantly, it demonstrates that SCfC communities are investing in programs that are making important strides towards Closing the Gap.
A significant area of success for SCfC has been in employment. As of August 2021, there were 675 First Nations people employed over an 18-month period across the program, with 83% of the total workforce for SCfC identifying as Aboriginal.
The Storybook also details the strategic learnings that have come from the experiences of each community, their local boards and the programs they have implemented. Local communities have learnt valuable lessons around what the critical drivers of positive change are, including the profound impact of effective local governance and the role of cultural authority in achieving positive change. These are key insights that will inform future work towards Closing the Gap in remote Australia and ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait children get the best possible start in life.
You can read more about the Stronger Communities for Children Storybook here.