Setting the
Record Straight
for the
Rights of

the Child

National Summit
8-9 May 2017
Deakin Edge
Federation Square, Melbourne

National Summit

Join us for the National Summit

On the 8-9 May 2017 at Deakin Edge, Federation Square Melbourne, the Setting the Record Straight for the Rights of the Child Summit will bring together participants from community, advocacy,  government, and research organisations to discuss how to transform the way records of childhood out-of-home care are created, captured, managed, accessed and archived.

The Summit will give voice to people whose lives have been affected by past and present failings of recordkeeping and archiving systems. Participants will learn about the lifelong identity, memory and accountability needs of key communities including

  • Stolen Generations – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people forcibly removed from their families as children
  • Forgotten Australians/Care Leavers – those who grew up in orphanages, children’s Homes, foster care and other institutions
  • Former Child Migrants – children transported to Australia from Britain and Malta during the twentieth century
  • Children and young people with out-of-home care experiences.

Together we will identify the barriers to meeting these needs in existing frameworks, processes and systems and discuss how recordkeeping and archiving can be re-imagined around recognising, respecting and enacting multiple rights in records.

Join us for the National Summit

On the 8-9 May 2017 at Deakin Edge, Federation Square Melbourne, the Setting the Record Straight for the Rights of the Child Summit will bring together 200 invited participants from community, advocacy,  government, and research organisations to discuss how to transform the way records of childhood out-of-home care are created, captured, managed, accesses and archived.

The Summit will give voice to people whose lives have been affected by past and present failings of recordkeeping and archiving systems. Participants will learn about the lifelong identity, memory and accountability needs of key communities including

  • Stolen Generations – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people forcibly removed from their families as children
  • Forgotten Australians/Care Leavers – those who grew up in orphanages, children’s Homes, foster care and other institutions
  • Former Child Migrants – children transported to Australia from Britain and Malta during the twentieth century
  • Children and young people with out-of-home care experiences.

Together we will identify the barriers to meeting these needs in existing frameworks, processes and systems and discuss how recordkeeping and archiving can be re-imagined around recognising, respecting and enacting multiple rights in records.

Summit MC and Facilitator

Jenny Brockie is well known for hosting SBS TV’s weekly program Insight, where she facilitates lively and thought provoking discussions on a wide range of topics. Jenny’s career spans television, radio and print. She has received a swag of awards for her work including the Gold Walkley, two AFI Awards, a Logie, and a Human Rights Award. Jenny has also won eight United Nations Association Media Peace Awards for her work on Insight.

Anticipated Outcomes

The Summit aims to build a collaborative community that will initiate an action agenda including

Developing and implementing a ten year strategic plan to transform recordkeeping and archiving around lifelong rights to creation, access and control of childhood records. The plan will transcend the boundaries of individual organisations, sectors and jurisdictions, be supported by targeted research, and lead the design and development of critical systems infrastructure.
Creating an independent lifelong living archive for the child. At the heart of this plan lies the idea of a secure, distributed, networked, digital archive populated by children themselves and by their care givers, case workers, teachers, and health professionals. This living archive would support a child’s identity, memory and time in out-of-home care and be accessible throughout his or her life.

If you would like to be part of this event then please contact

Dr Joanne Evans
Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics
Faculty of IT, Monash University
Phone: +61 3 9903 2177
Email: joanne.evans@monash.edu

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