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Communities for Children Documents

Department of Social Services Documents

The Department of Social Services has developed several documents that frame the Communities for Children initiative.

For more information about the Department of Social Services and the Communities for Children Initiative please visit their website.

Communities for Children Community Committee

The Community Committee is made up of parents, community representatives from the community, local NGOs, businesses, schools and government departments. The Community Committee develops the Strategic Plan and provides recommendations to the Swan Alliance. The Community Committee identifies activities to be implemented to determine solutions to emerging issues. Various sub-committees are developed around identified projects according to need. The Communities for Children Community Committee has developed a Terms of Reference.

The Swan Alliance is always looking to extend the expertise within the Community Committee. We encourage local parents, business owners, community members and staff from Non-Government and Government organisations to contact the Swan Alliance team and discuss becoming a Committee Volunteer. Please contact Swan Alliance Executive Officer, Jenni Brodie on 9368 9311 or

Community Strategic Plan

The Communities for Children Community Committee has developed a 2015-2017 Community Strategic Plan for the implementation of Communities for Children initiative. A One Page Strategic Plan Summary is also available.

Evaluation of Swan Alliance Communities for Children 

An ongoing longitudinal formative and summative evaluation is being conducted by Dr Amma Buckley from Curtin University as we continue to implement the Communities for Children initiative. Dr Buckley completed two evaluations during the 2011-2014 Communities for Children Contract.

Commissioner for Children and Young People Report   

In 2014 the Swan Alliance, on behalf of the Commissioner for Children and Young People consulted with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. These consultations, along with many more across Western Australia were used to produce the 'Listen to Us' Report in 2015. This report identifies and celebrates the much wonderful strength of our Aboriginal children and young people and highlights the need for a new and innovative effort to address the significant disadvantage many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience. For more information about the ‘Listen to Us’ Report and the Commissioner for Children and Young People please visit their website

Mapping and Gap Analysis 

In 2014, the Swan Alliance embarked on a journey to comprehensively analyse the community assets and the gaps existent in the Swan Communities for Children region, namely Beechboro, Bullsbrook, Caversham, Ellenbrook, Kiara, Koongamia, Lockridge, Middle Swan, Midland and Stratton in the City of Swan and Midvale within the Shire of Mundaring. It was strongly believed that this document should become a community asset and be available to agencies and services right across the region to help them in their needs analysis, but more importantly, be a document that will facilitate a ‘whole of community’ approach in responding to demonstrated need. The Mapping and Gap Analysis Document is available for the community to assist with strategic planning and responding to community needs. 

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Cultural Protocols 

In 2015 the Swan Alliance developed a Cultural Protocols Document to enable the Swan Alliance Communities for Children, its Community Partners and other local services to more effectively engage with and work alongside local Aboriginal people, primarily Noongar, living in Whadjuk Country. In 2016, the document was officially launched and it is now available to everyone. Fill this order form to purchase this valuable resource. 

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