The child protection system is no longer at crisis point. We are now seeing unsustainable, catastrophic outcomes. Over 45,000 of our children and young people are in government care, unable to return home. Ten percent of these kids – nearly 4,500 – aren’t living in home-based care and are instead in motels and residential group settings, being looked after by workers on shift. Children don’t belong in institutions – they need to grow up in a family home.

The nation is at a tipping point and now, more than ever, we need to come together with a united, whole of country approach to find solutions.

Join us for THRIVE 2024 National Permanency Summit: A Home & Healing for Safe & Supported Kids in Sydney on 7 & 8 November where we bring government, the sector, and those with lived experience together with global leaders in the child welfare and trauma space, to discuss what can be done to support system reform in child-centred timeframes and immediately change the trajectory for our most vulnerable youth.

Learn from real-world examples where care numbers have been reduced through targeted, evidence-based interventions and supports. Join discussions from across the states and territories on key learnings. Hear from local and international speakers on new and innovative programs making progress. Bring your voice and experience to the table to share with others keen to make an impact.

In addition to the above, THRIVE 2024 will focus on the core principles of ‘Safe & Supported: The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021 – 2031

  • Access to quality universal and targeted services designed to improve outcomes for children, young people and families
  • Excellence in practice and policy development, based on evidence, data and information sharing
  • Listening and responding to the voices and views of children and young people, and the views of those who care for them
  • Clear responsibilities and strong monitoring, evaluation and achievement of outcomes
  • Trauma-informed, culturally safe and inclusive policies and actions
  • Embedding the five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle – Prevention, Partnership, Placement, Participation and Connection.

Early Bird tickets now on sale until 31 July