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?
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 about how the program operates in each of the communities and their facilitating partners are provided below.
|Community||Facilitating Partner Organisation||Website|
|Galiwin’ku||Yalu Marnggithinyaraw Indigenous Corporation||http://yalu.cdu.edu.au/|
|Wadeye||Palngun Wurnangat Association||http://palngunwurnangat.com/|
|Ngukurr||Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation||https://yugulmangi.com/|
|Ntaria||Tjuwanpa Outstation Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation|
|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.malabam.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 who are in the early stages of implementing the program, working directly with SCfC Advisory Groups 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?
In 2017 there was an independent evaluation to measure progress of SCfC and to see if the activities were delivering any changes in the communities. The evaluation found early indications of improved family functioning, positive participation in education and increased safety and wellbeing for children, young people and their families as a result of SCfC.
A strong focus of SCfC has been on increasing jobs for local Aboriginal people. As at 30 June 2017, 236 Aboriginal people had taken up jobs created under SCfC, and around 195 people had actively volunteered their time to serve on a SCfC Local Community Board.
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