A ground-breaking new approach to building capacity for Aboriginal child and family service delivery is emerging in New South Wales (NSW). A partnership model is supporting two-way learning between mainstream non-government organisations (NGOs) and Aboriginal communities. This model has a strong capacity building focus. It is opening up new space for the empowerment of Aboriginal communities to effect unique and quality service responses to the significant challenges facing their children and families.
The partnership model has been designed and spearheaded by the Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care Secretariat (AbSec), the peak body for Aboriginal child welfare services in NSW. Working in partnership with mainstream peak body, the Association of Child Welfare Agencies (ACWA) and the State Government Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS), AbSec is supporting partnerships between mainstream non-government organisations and Aboriginal communities.
The goal of this initiative is to build strong and accredited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations (ACCOs) delivering out-of-home care (OOHC) services state-wide.
This brief provides insight into the NSW partnership-based capacity building model; its drivers, elements and early successes. It describes the model design and processes undertaken or planned in each phase of partnership development.