NDRI Aboriginal Research leader advises United Nations mission
NDRI Aboriginal Research Program Leader Dr Jocelyn Jones (third from right) with Curtin University colleagues and members of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
NDRI Aboriginal Research Program Leader Dr Jocelyn Jones provided direct advice on Indigenous child removals to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) during its recent visit to Western Australia.
The EMRIP was established by the Human Rights Council, the U.N.’s main human rights body, in 2007 and provides the Council with expertise and advice on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Curtin University Associate Professor Hannah McGlade, member of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues, requested the EMRIP conduct a country engagement mission to WA. The visit was coordinated by the Noongar Family Safety and Wellbeing Council.
During the group’s visit to NDRI as part of its mission, Dr Jones highlighted issues focused on reducing the link between out of home care and later incarceration, providing culturally appropriate early intervention and prevention programs for Indigenous children in care, and increasing access to services for Aboriginal children with disability and psychosocial needs who are in out of home care.