The way we work
In 2018, a committed group from Anglicare NT, Connected Beginnings, Larapinta Child and Family Centre and Australian Red Cross came together with a shared commitment to enhance the wellbeing of children and their families in Alice Springs. Two years later, this group became known as the Backbone group of Child Friendly Alice.
The name Child Friendly Alice comes from the UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities movement, which aims to address inequalities and provide equal opportunities for all kids, despite ethnicity, religion, income, gender or ability.
The Child Friendly Alice Backbone group work alongside and in collaboration with the Child Friendly Alice Advisory Group and area specific working groups within their networks to create change.
Together we are committed to upholding the voices heard through the Child Friendly Alice Community Profile consultations, and work together as a whole community to create longer lasting change.
Now with over 40 agencies and 100 programs supporting children and families in Alice Springs, there’s great opportunity to maximise efforts and have stronger community impact.
In 2019, after months of community consultations and gathering of local level data, Child Friendly Alice released the Community Profile – exploring what life in Alice Springs is like; what’s great about it and what’s needed in order to make it better. These are the stories collected from over 1000 local community members.
Alongside national data from the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, Child Friendly Alice uses the local level insight outlined in the community profile to drive collaboration between community, governments and local organisations.
In 2020, the movement continues to grow – with over 20 partner agencies sitting on the Advisory Board, committed working and reference groups and a passionate Backbone Team made up of local people.
If you’re interested in getting involved, find out how here.
Want to know more about Child Friendly Alice? We’d love to hear from you. New members are welcome to join our Working, Advisory and Backbone groups.
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Child Friendly Alice acknowledges and honours First Nations peoples, paying respect to Elders past and present as custodians of this land. In Mparntwe (Alice Springs), we live and work on Arrernte country.