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