The primary aim of the Noongar Family Safety and Wellbeing Council is to ensure that the rights of all Aboriginal children in Noongar Country are protected and connected to family and culture.
The NFSWC has been formed with the support of the Department of Communities and support from the WA Council of Social Service.
We are proud of our members who help us in this endeavour and are the executive arm of this council.
A news article by ABC News about Victoria's Aboriginal Children's Commissioner set to release a landmark inquiry today, designed to stem the vast over-representation of Indigenous children in the child protection system.
An article by ABC News about how the removal of children from Indigenous communities is skyrocketing and has become a "national disaster", according to a Australia's first and only Aboriginal children's commissioner.
A Dookatj friend is someone who cares deeply about what’s happening to Aboriginal children on Noongar land.
They are encouraging and supportive, but also provide honest and candid feedback. They agree to speak truthfully, and constructively, about weaknesses, problems, and emotionally charged issues.
Dookatj Friends do not replace the role of members, and Dookatj Friends may be members.
Dookatj friends can provide an alternative view and independent questioning to ensure that the Council maintains its focus and hears alternate sources of information, lived experience and local knowledge. We invite Dookatj friends to listen to their communities and pass on what they hear, offer judgements when requested, respond honestly and promote the work's success.
Not everyone has the time or inclination to be involved in everything and some people’s interests are restricted to particular areas or experience or wisdom. Dookatj Friends provides the option for those people to come together from time to time when their availability allows.
Dookatj Friends can bring a broad network of connections to individuals, families, communities and organisations. These networks can help expand ‘the reach’ of the Council, a reach we could not hope to have without your support.
NCPC Acting Convenor