National child and family wellbeing targets – being accountable for what matters for children and their families

Workshop: National child and family wellbeing targets—being accountable for what matters for children and families
Thursday 26 July, 1300 – 1430

Panelists

Louise York
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Kate Sollis
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)

Stella Conroy
Families Australia

Tahn O’Brien
Their Futures Matter

Kirsty Nowlan
Every Child

Abstract
We currently lack a holistic national picture of how children and families are faring. Our national reporting systems focus on indicators after harm has occurred, directing funding too late to support families. This workshop will facilitate a discussion on enhancing existing frameworks and indicators to measure child wellbeing in a meaningful way and explore how we might set targets for child and family wellbeing.

Participants will then be invited to contribute their expertise in a workshop session to explore how this could be developed. The workshop breakout sessions will include the following groups:
1. Criteria for an Australian child wellbeing outcomes measurement system
2. Identification of gaps and how we might seek to address them
3. How to progress towards adoption of an Australian child wellbeing outcomes measurement system and specifically setting national targets for child and family wellbeing that would hold services, state and federal government accountable for delivering the policy, funding and services that matter most to families.

Participants will be invited to contribute their expertise in a series of collaborative activities to explore how this can be developed. The workshop will present an audit of existing international and domestic efforts to define and measure child and family wellbeing and examine the strengths and weaknesses of various models.

This workshop aims to kickstart a conversation on how we might work towards setting national targets for child and family wellbeing that would hold services, state and federal government accountable for delivering the policy, funding and services that matter most to families.