MacKillop launches its three-year vision for the future

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Anna Masci

Toddler planting a seedling in rasied garden bed with carer

MacKillop Family Services has outlined its vision for 2020, striving for a society where all children, young people and families are safe, thriving and connected to culture and community.

In working towards this vision, MacKillop has launched its Strategic Plan, outlining three areas of focus for the next three years, with clear objectives on how these will be achieved.

The Strategic Plan has been developed in the context of once-in-a-generation government reform and significant change, both nationally and at a state level in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia – the states in which MacKillop operates its child and family services.

These reform agendas are geared towards supporting families earlier, preventing children and young people from experiencing harm and entering care, acting more quickly to support family reunification or permanency where indicated and reducing the number of young people in residential care.

MacKillop’s strategic plan is focused on contributing to these reforms and increasing capacity to reach and support more children, young people and families in a culturally safe way.

The three areas of focus outlined in MacKillop’s strategic plan are:

  1. Growing the capacity and reach of programs to empower children, young people and families to be safe, thriving and connected to culture and local community
  2. Being a national leader in the development of research, evidence-based practice and training to shape government initiatives and improve outcomes.
  3. Deepening our commitment to cultural safety and expand our support for Aboriginal self-determination and reconciliation through our connection with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and responding to invitations from local Aboriginal communities to build respectful partnerships.

MacKillop has already begun work in these areas, launching a number of new programs in the last 12 months focused on intervening earlier to support families to stay together, including Cradle to Kinder in Victoria and Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare in New South Wales.

The three focus areas are supported by four commitments about how we will go about our work, including a commitment to listen deeply and respond meaningfully to the voices and experience of the children, young people, families and carers we serve.

Our focus on building meaningful and respectful relationships with Aboriginal communities to deliver culturally safe care for children and families is embodied in our partnership with Woolkabunning Kiaka Inc at Roelands Village (formerly Roelands Mission) in Western Australia’s Bunbury region. Together, we have developed a model of care known as ‘Other Home Care’ to provide a culturally safe place for Aboriginal children to be cared for when they are unable to live with their parents.

MacKillop’s Strategic Plan is a blueprint for the future, outlining how MacKillop will care compassionately, respond large-heartedly and advocate courageously for vulnerable and marginalised children, young people and families, particularly those who have experienced disadvantage, adversity and trauma. Access the Strategic Plan here.