Protecting Aboriginal Children Together (PACT) is an initiative which aims to:
- develop locally driven service models which empower and actively engage with the unique needs of Aboriginal families and their communities, with the aim of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of their children
- actively encourage consultation between relevant non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal non-government organisations (NGOs) to form meaningful partnerships and enhance service capacity.
In keeping with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) and Community Services underpinning PACT, in 2010–11 much of the joint planning and consultative work for this four-year pilot has been completed.
AbSec and Community Services have worked closely together with local Aboriginal communities and NGOs to identify two pilot sites at Moree and Shellharbour. There is an acknowledged need for PACT from the local Aboriginal communities and local Aboriginal service providers in these areas. A selective tender process in Shellharbour will identify the non-government PACT service provider, which is expected to start working with Community Services and local Aboriginal families in late 2011.
Pius X Aboriginal Corporation has been selected to provide the PACT advisory service in Moiree and is expecting to start working in partnership with Community Services to deliver services to local Aboriginal families in late 2011. By consulting closely with these organisations and community representatives, AbSec and Community Services have worked to ensure that the pilots have the support of communities and other service providers.
More information (including factsheets) is available on the AbSec website.