Baptcare responds to community need through advocacy on behalf of those who have a limited voice in Australian society. We recognise that it matters how governments, the community sector, churches and local communities understand poverty, disadvantage and adversity, as this impacts how we determine solutions.
We engage in policy and advocacy issues crucial to the needs of people with whom we work – drawing on evidence from research we conduct with the services we run, the people that use those services and other external resources. Where possible, we partner with Universities and other organisations within the community services, aged care and allied sectors. This gives us the opportunity to speak on issues of concern. We also make submissions and presentations to Government Inquiries, conferences and forums on issues where we have relevant experience and expertise.
We conduct research and policy projects to increase understanding of the issues that affect children, families, disability, aged care and asylum seekers. We aim to improve practice delivery, inform debate and work in partnership with others at influencing social and economic policy in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and across Australia.
Our goal is to deliver evidence-based advice and contribute to the development of state and national social policy on children, families, disability, aged care and asylum seekers.
Advocating for families and children affected by family violence
Baptcare is committed to advocating for those in need. Our current priority focuses on families and children affected by family violence.
Since 2017 we’ve highlighted this important issue in several ways. For example, we’re delighted to have three papers published on the ‘Family Violence in Kinship Care’ research project in the Children’s Australia Journal (click on the links at the top of this page to read more).
In addition, we continue to raise the issue of family violence at several state and international conferences including:
- National Foster Carer and Kinship Care Conference – Melbourne – September 2017
- Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Research Symposium – Melbourne – October 2017
- International Foster Care Organisation World Conference – Malta – November 2017
- Australian Institute of Family Studies 2018 Conference – Melbourne – July 2018
- International Childhood Trauma Conference – Melbourne – August 2018
- The International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect – Prague, Czech Republic – September 2018
- International Domestic Violence and Health Conference – Melbourne – November 2018
For all research and policy enquiries please contact: Dr Dave Vicary, Baptcare Head of Research, Policy and Advocacy.