Chil­dren’s is­sues

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

An ad­vo­cacy group is keen to be in­volved in the ad­vance­ment of a Child De­vel­op­ment At­las that will use geospa­tial tech­nol­ogy to map data on chil­dren’s de­vel­op­ment to iden­tify pri­or­ity is­sues.

AN ad­vo­cacy group for peo­ple liv­ing in the Mid­land re­gion is keen to be in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of the Aus­tralian­first Child De­vel­op­ment At­las.

The At­las will use geospa­tial tech­nol­ogy to map data on WA chil­dren’s health, learn­ing, de­vel­op­ment and so­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics so that com­mu­nity lead­ers and ser­vice providers can iden­tify pri­or­ity is­sues for chil­dren.

We the Peo­ple chair­woman Helen Dullard said Mid­land was ready to have in­put on the project.

“Our re­cent re­search project Sup­port­ing Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies fac­ing ad­ver­sity in the Mid­land re­gion will ben­e­fit from the lo­cal data and de­mo­graph­ics that the At­las will pro­vide,” she said.

“The At­las will iden­tify pat­terns and trends, strengths and chal­lenges rel­e­vant to sub­urbs in the Mid­land re­gion.

“Clear base-line data will be eval­u­ated and pro­vide the crit­i­cal ev­i­dence on child de­vel­op­ment fac­tors to en­able ad­vo­cacy for pol­icy change at lo­cal, state and fed­eral lev­els.”

The re­port es­ti­mated around 100 lo­cal fam­i­lies with chil­dren ready to start school were de­vel­op­men­tally be­hind their peers and could ben­e­fit from a new ap­proach to de­liv­er­ing ser­vices to vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies.

Aus­tralian Early De­vel­op­ment Cen­sus data showed Belle­vue, Koongamia, Mid­dle Swan, Mid­vale, Mid­land and Swan View had the great­est num­ber of chil­dren and fam­i­lies fac­ing ad­ver­sity.

Telethon Kids In­sti­tute di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Cara­petis said the idea for the At­las came from the in­sti­tute’s in­no­va­tive De­vel­op­men­tal Path­ways Project team and the govern­ment agen­cies they work with.

The At­las has been funded by the Ian Pot­ter Foun­da­tion and the Min­deroo Foun­da­tion.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d481582

Mun­dar­ing Shire chil­drens ser­vices man­ager Lisa Joy with Noon­gar El­der Di Ry­der, Raeleen McAl­lis­ter from Mid­vale Hub and We the Peo­ple chair­woman Helen Dullard.

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