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Protecting children is everyone’s business

Safe and Supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021-2030 is developed by the Australian Government and state and territory governments in partnership with SNAICC – National Voice for our Children and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Group.

Our children must be able to grow up nourished and supported in loving and caring environments. They must have time to be children with all the wonder, happiness and innocence that childhood should bring. Over recent years the reported levels of child neglect and abuse in Australia have increased at an alarming rate. Child abuse and neglect has become an issue of national concern. Meanwhile, statutory child protection systems are struggling under the load. Protecting children is everyone’s responsibility. Parents, communities, governments and business all have a role to play. Australia needs a shared agenda for change, with national leadership and a common goal. It is a long-term, national approach to help protect all Australian children.

Safe and Supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021-2030 recognises that all Australians need to work together to keep children and young people safe and achieve the best outcomes for those who are vulnerable and/or experiencing disadvantage. The National Framework represents an unprecedented level of collaboration between Australian, State and Territory governments and non-government organisations to protect children. Placing children’s interests firmly at the centre of everything we do. Reducing child abuse and neglect is not an easy task and it will take time.

The National Framework provides the foundation for national reform.

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