Families ACT is a peak body supporting organisations working with children, young people and families in the ACT and surrounding region.
Families ACT is a territory peak, not-for-profit, organisation which aims to represent the interests of children, young people and families and the continuum of services which support them, in the ACT and surrounding region. We take a broad and inclusive view of what constitutes a family, and strive to improve the wellbeing of all families in the ACT and surrounding region.
LATEST NEWS / 06 November 2018
Families ACT’s budget priorities outlined in The Missing Middle: supporting middle years children in the ACT
Families ACT has called for a significant investment in programs to support children aged 8-12 in its 2019-2020 Budget Submission, as middle years momentum builds in the ACT.
In its 2019-2020 Budget Submission, The Missing Middle: supporting middle years children in the ACT, Families ACT has addressed what leading child development expert Gerry Redmond describes as the “benign neglect” inherent in policy and funding for the middle years age cohort — children aged 8-12.
Over several months of consultation, Families ACT asked community sector partners and service providers to tell us about their programs and activities supporting middle years children. What they told us was something quite different: they have identified the need for funding for middle years programs, but no funding has been available. Youth workers told us that they are seeing young people with mental health and wellbeing issues that should be identified and addressed before they become hard-wired in the teen years. Those working with young people facing homelessness said there was simply no support available for children aged under 15, and they were falling through “gaping holes”.
The ACT Government has been working with us to prioritise support for middle years children. The Missing Middle is Families ACT’s first policy paper in our middle years advocacy campaign, and it specifically prioritises wellbeing research and homelessness support. In coming months we will continue to advocate for better support for this critical period in a child’s development, and we look forward to working alongside the government to ensure no children are left behind.