POLICY AND ADVOCACY PLATFORM - A Way Forward 2021 – 2025

CAFFSA’s refreshed policy and advocacy platform is informed by the work of our past, and enhanced by our vision of boldly representing the needs of children, young people and families connected or at risk of entering the child protection system and the not-for-profit non government agencies that support them.

Our previous policy platform focused on key areas to improve outcomes for children in care, promote early intervention services and advocate for trauma informed and culturally responsive systems. With this in mind, we developed a macro-level Policy and Advocacy agenda that is informed by and informs CAFFSA’s activities.

There are five easily identifiable areas of CAFFSA’s focus:
• Children and Young People
• Family/ies
• Community
• Services/Sector
• Government and System

Within these five categories, you will see an alignment of what was previously known as our Ten Point Policy Platform into these core areas and the identification of opportunities for advocacy, which includes policy positions and practice recommendations. This enables CAFFSA to be focused in its activities and agile in our responsiveness to change.
Our Policy Platform as a living document, for our latest version, please follow the link and learn more.

Download PDF version here

Download a Full copy of the CAFFSA Vision, purpose and Values Statement

Get Involved

CAFFSA offers a range of meetings, forums and working groups for members to participate in.

CAFFSA CEO FORUM

Purpose:
To bring together key leaders in the industry on specific issues as they arise.
Who:
CAFFSA Member CEO’s or nominated representees
Frequency:
CEO Forums are held on a quarterly basis as the need and opportunity arises.

Click HERE to nominate for this forum 

Policy & Advocacy
Advisory Committee

Purpose:
To bring member organisations together to contribute to sector wide policy development and advocacy efforts that direct, influence and inform changes in government policy, practice and legislation. It also is used to direct CAFFSA in its advocacy on behalf of our membership. These meetings are chaired by a nominated full members and secretariat support provided by CAFFSA. It is also a forum for CAFFSA Network chairs to report specific sector issues/concerns
Who:
Open to full CAFFSA members by EIO from members  by discernment of the member organisation.
CAFFSA Network Forum Chairs are required at these meetings?
Associate members? – no voting rights
Frequency:
First Wednesday of the month from 10.00am – 11.30pm

Click HERE to register to attend the next meeting

Care Concerns Working Group

Purpose:
A Working Group to gather sector expertise and knowledge on care concern management. Discussing issues and concerns, identifying opportunities to inform improvements and communicate the needs of the sector with recommendations on actions being made to the Policy and Advocacy Sub Committee.
Who:
It is highly recommended that those attending this discussion have an excellent working knowledge of the care concern process, are involved with, or oversee the care concern management process within the own organisation.
Frequency:
6 weekly

Click HERE to register to attend the next working group

Transitions in Care Working Group

Purpose:
A Working Group to gather sector expertise and knowledge on transitions in care. Including, transitions in to care, between placements and placement types, and transitions to independent living for young people. From these discussions, recommendations on actions will be made to the Policy and Advocacy Sub Committee.
Who:
It is recommended that those attending this discussion are familiar with placement processes and have an excellent understanding of various transitions that can occur for a child or young person once they enter Care. Staff from all levels of organisations are encouraged to attend.
Frequency:
6 weekly

Click HERE to register to attend the next working group

CAFFSA Residential Care Network Forum

Purpose:
Network forums for Residential Care Providers, meetings to feature opportunities for information exchange, advocacy and networking. Bringing together sector expertise and knowledge to inform policy, advocacy and practice improvements across the sector.
Who:
It is recommended that attendees to this session are able to represent their organisation.
Frequency:
Quarterly

Click HERE to register to attend the next next Network Forum

CAFFSA Family Based Care Network Forum

Purpose:
Network forum for Family Based Care providers, meetings to feature opportunities for information exchange, advocacy and networking. Bringing together sector expertise and knowledge to inform policy, advocacy and practice improvements across the sector.
Who:
It is recommended that attendees to this session are able to represent their organisation.
Frequency:
Quarterly

Click HERE to register to attend the next next Network Forum

CAFFSA Intensive Family Support Services Network Forum
(including Family Preservation and Reunification) 

Purpose:
Network forum for Family Support Services, meetings to feature opportunities for information exchange, advocacy and networking. Bringing together sector expertise and knowledge to inform policy, advocacy and practice improvements across the sector.
Who:
It is recommended that attendees to this session are able to represent their organisation.
Frequency:
Quarterly

Click HERE to register to attend the next next Network Forum

Care Concerns working group

Purpose:
A Working Group to gather sector expertise and knowledge on care concern management. Discussing issues and concerns, identifying opportunities to inform improvements and communicate the needs of the sector with recommendations on actions being made to the Policy and Advocacy Sub Committee.
Who:
It is highly recommended that those attending this discussion have an excellent working knowledge of the care concern process, are involved with, or oversee the care concern management process within the own organisation.
Frequency:
6 weekly  

Click HERE to register to attend the next working group

Transitions in Care Working Group

Purpose:
A Working Group to gather sector expertise and knowledge on transitions in care. Including, transitions in to care, between placements and placement types, and transitions to independent living for young people. From these discussions, recommendations on actions will be made to the Policy and Advocacy Sub Committee.
Who:
It is recommended that those attending this discussion are familiar with placement processes and have an excellent understanding of various transitions that can occur for a child or young person once they enter Care. Staff from all levels of organisations are encouraged to attend.
Frequency:
6 weekly  

Click HERE to register to attend the next working group

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CAFFSA Residential Care Network Forum

Purpose:
Network forums for Residential Care Providers, meetings to feature opportunities for information exchange, advocacy and networking. Bringing together sector expertise and knowledge to inform policy, advocacy and practice improvements across the sector.
Who:
It is recommended that attendees to this session are able to represent their organisation.
Frequency:
Quarterly 

Click HERE to register to attend the next next Network Forum

CAFFSA Family Based Care Network Forum

Purpose:
Network forum for Family Based Care providers, meetings to feature opportunities for information exchange, advocacy and networking. Bringing together sector expertise and knowledge to inform policy, advocacy and practice improvements across the sector.
Who:
It is recommended that attendees to this session are able to represent their organisation.
Frequency:
Quarterly 

Click HERE to register to attend the next next Network Forum

CAFFSA Intensive Family Support Services Network Forum 
(including Family Preservation and Reunification) 

Purpose:
Network forum for Family Support Services, meetings to feature opportunities for information exchange, advocacy and networking. Bringing together sector expertise and knowledge to inform policy, advocacy and practice improvements across the sector.
Who:
It is recommended that attendees to this session are able to represent their organisation.
Frequency:
Quarterly 

Click HERE to register to attend the next next Network Forum

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