A new survey of parents and children undertaken by The Child Friendly Alice initiative has found that the top priorities for children living in the centre include being safe and free, having access to education, equal opportunities for employment and a society free from racism and crime.
Sarah Brittle from the Child Friendly Alice Initiative said, “We found that adults and children from across the community share many of the same aspirations, for essential things like a good education, strong families, equal opportunities, employment and meaningful activities for young people.”
“They also share the same concerns about crime, racism, anti-social behaviours and have a desire to see better educational opportunities, and in particular cultural ones.”
1075 people, including 470 young people and 605 adults, shared their views on how children and families could better thrive in Alice Springs, narrated alongside key statistical data. A group of organisations came together through the Child Friendly Alice initiative to deliver the profile, the result of several months of community consultation.
The Community Profile is a snapshot in time of the hopes and aspirations of children and families in Alice Springs that includes local population level data, which highlights the strengths and challenges in the community. It is a catalyst for future conversations on the top areas for change.
“This is just the beginning. The Child Friendly Alice initiative will help bring the community, government and agencies together to work on a local action plan. In the coming months, this will start with community forums to understand what should be the first area we address.”
“This initiative puts the community in the driver’s seat, giving them a way forward to propose solutions to complex social issues,” Ms Brittle said.
The Child Friendly Alice initiative’s vision is for every child in Alice Springs to have the best possible start in life and to grow up healthy and strong. Child Friendly Alice is a community collaboration facilitated by:
- Strong Kids Strong Centre – Red Cross;
- Communities for Children – Anglicare NT;
- Connected Beginnings; and
- Larapinta Child and Family Centre – NT Department of Education.