The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020 (National Framework) provides the critical foundation for governments and non-government organisations to work together to achieve our shared vision that Australia’s children and young people are safe and well.
The first three action plans under the National Framework delivered some key achievements, including the appointment of the National Children’s Commissioner, the development of National Standards for out-of-home care, and the delivery of projects to improve service responses for vulnerable families and promote better understanding of child wellbeing.
We know however, that more needs to be done. All governments are committed to continuing to work together to improve the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people.
We recognise that the best way to protect children is to prevent child abuse and neglect from occurring in the first place. Findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory have highlighted the need to strengthen the ability of families, organisations and communities to keep children safe.