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DCF Connect

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Department of Children and Families


Northern Territory. Department of Children and Families


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Child welfare -- Government Policy -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Child abuse -- Prevention -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Services For -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

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DCF Connect EDITION 9 MAY 2012 3 DCF Connect EDITION 9 MAY 2012 and how to distinguish between developmentally appropriate sexual behaviour and problem sexual behaviour, and how we can question whats going on to provide context to the behaviour. Participants were very interested and keen to learn more about how to support families who have been affected and wanted to build confidence around identifying when behaviour needs to be reported. Participants received a poster to refer to when deciding if sexual behaviour is problem behaviour or if it is developmentally appropriate, and ways to respond. We were able to look at different responses that were available such as age appropriate education through to supporting families and reporting to child protection. It was fantastic to have representatives from so many agencies and we could see the beginnings of new collaborations as the discussions progressed. National Sorry Day On 26 May 1997 the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was tabled in Federal Parliament. 26 May marks the anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home report to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, know as National Sorry Day. This years theme for National Sorry Day is SORRY. Still living on borrowed time! The Bringing Them Home Report, revealed: The extent of forced removal policies and the devastating effects of these policies in terms of spiritual, emotional and physical trauma, as a direct result from the broken connection to traditional land, culture and language, the separation of families and the effect of these on parenting skills The trans-generational impact and damaging effects that these forced child removals continue to have on the Indigenous families and communities today. The Department of Children and Families Aboriginal Collaboration Engagement & Strategy (ACES) Unit, has encouraged all DCF offices across the regions to work with their NGO partners to hold a National Sorry Day event and together express their support, empathy and recognition for past injustices experienced by the Stolen Generations, their families and communities as a result of forced removal policies. Follow up your National Sorry Day event and celebrate National Reconciliation Week held annually 27 May to 3 June. National Reconciliation Week is framed by two key events in Australias history, which provide strong symbols for reconciliation: 27 May 1967 the referendum that saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the census. 3 June 1992 the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, which recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights known as native title. For further information: National Sorry Day: www.nsdc.org.au Reconciliation Week: www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw Subscribe If you havent already done so, email media.dcf@nt.gov.au with DCF Connect in the subject heading to ensure you do not miss an issue of DCF Connect. www.nsdc.org.au www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw mailto:media.dcf%40nt.gov.au?subject=DCF%20Connect

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