Indigenous children's well-being in the Neo-Liberal age symposium
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN INVITATION ONLY EVENT
Co-hosted by the UTS Faculty of Law and SNAICC
The primary purpose of this symposium is to inject fresh ideas into how we research and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's well-being. In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children remain almost 10 times more likely to be placed in out of home care than other children. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are currently removed at a higher rate in many jurisdictions than they were at the height of the protection and assimilation periods. This concurs with policy shifts away from recognition of collective histories and rights to a more neo-liberal focus on individual responsibility and compliance with mainstream measures of well-being.
This symposium is critically reviewing the human rights frameworks which have been used to frame claims for greater control by Indigenous peoples over their children and young people. It will be asking what the strengths and limitations of these frameworks are and whether they provide sufficient sway to respond to the surge of neo- liberal policies which are impacting on law reform and policy with respect to Indigenous children and young people.
For further information contact Terri Libesman.