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The Children's Ground Approach

What makes us unique?

The Children’s Ground Approach is a 25-year strategy. We focus on prevention, early intervention and empowerment rather than crisis and deficit. We are implementing a system that recognises and privileges First Nations governance, solutions and systems of knowledge. We complement this with western and global practice. 

We address the key economic, social and cultural determinants needed for lasting change. 

We invest in prevention and the future of our children.  

Our children, families, and communities are the experts.  Our voice and talent will create change.  

Our approach

The Children’s Ground Approach addresses the key economic, social and cultural determinants needed for lasting change to prevent complex disadvantage and trauma. 

The CG Approach is reforming: 

  • ‘How’ services are delivered and governed (Practice Principles);
  • ‘What’ services are delivered (Integrated and culturally responsive service platform with five key service areas); and 
  • System structures that are ‘enabling conditions for change.’
Practice princples

Our Approach delivers and integrates services across five key areas:

  • Learning and Wellbeing

  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Economic Development and Wellbeing

  • Creative and Cultural Development and Wellbeing

  • Community Development and Wellbeing

Learn more: Children's Ground in action

Streams for systems change

Children’s Ground has two key streams to achieve systems change over 25 years:  

  • Delivery of the Children’s Ground Approach and building an evidence base 
  • Research, leadership and policy 
Elders are involved and leading. Knowledge from the old people is being passed on, learned and respected by children and our young people and families.