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Providing support for Aboriginal communities is an important part of Save the Children’s child protection work in Australia.
That’s why we run an Indigenous Parenting Support program on the Dampier Peninsula in Western Australia to help families meet the emotional, developmental and physical needs of their children.
Why support for Indigenous parents is important
The number of children subject to abuse and neglect substantiations across Australia has more than doubled over the past 10 years. A significant proportion of these children are Aboriginal. Some parents and caregivers lack the knowledge and skills to protect their children from harm and provide a safe and nurturing environment for them to grow up happy and healthy.
Save the Children’s Indigenous Parenting Support program
Our early intervention program increases the parenting skills and confidence of disadvantaged families and provide referrals to access support services.
The program is available to Aboriginal families with children up to eight years old on the Dampier Peninsula. We hold community events to encourage families to build strong relationships and interact with others. Education sessions provide participants with positive parenting techniques and new ideas about caring for children that help reduce disadvantage and prevent the abuse and neglect of Aboriginal children.
We work with families in Beagle Bay, Ardyaloon, Djarindjin, Lombadina and surrounding outstations in the Dampier Peninsula.
How we know we’re improving parenting skills
Families involved in the Indigenous Parenting Support program receive culturally relevant, practical and intensive support tailored to their community needs. In the last 12 months, we’ve run four community events, with more than 250 children and families attending. As well as making regular referrals to other community services in the area, we’ve facilitated 16 life skills and parenting workshops which have assisted 115 adults and more than 50 children living on the Dampier Peninsula.
Indigenous Parenting Support is part of Save the Children’s
Who makes our program possible
We’re grateful to the Australian Government who makes our Indigenous Parenting Support program possible.