Other Advocacy

Below are some of the advocacy activities by other agencies regarding siblings.

Caring for a child with an intellectual disability and challenging behaviours: Anglicare’s Social Policy and Research Unit released this report in 2013, which also includes an exploration of the impacts on siblings and their needs. It recommends that ‘separate assessment of carer and siblings needs should be undertaken‘.

Towards improved recognition and support for siblings of those with a chronic condition: This document is Families Australia followed up from the RANZCP work (see next reference) by running focus sessions with adult siblings. The document explores the issues and sets out some directions for the future.

Addressing the needs of siblings of children with disability or chronic illness Position Paper 69: This report by the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists was released in 2011. It also includes a link to a longer SIB issues paper RANZCP, and includes the list of over 70 organisations that endorsed the Statement.

Report of the inquiry into the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people: This report by the Commissioner for Children and Young People was released 2011. Siblings are referred to on Page 87.

Listen to Children 2011: Child rights NGO report Australia: This report finds that despite ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Australia has not effectively incorporated human rights into policy and legislative frameworks to nurture and support children. In the discussion on Basic Health and Welfare in Theme 6, Children with Disabilities, the report states: Effective support for the family environment will mean that the rights and needs of siblings of children with disabilities should also be considered. These children often experience higher rates of depression whether or not they have roles as carers in the family. 

Improving the mental Health of infants, children and adolescents, position paper: This report was published by the Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association in 2011. Siblings are referred to on page 20. It can also be found here.

National Action Plan 2010:This was prepared by Families Australia (with Siblings Australia), as part of its election proposals to the Federal government in 2010. Unfortunately the proposals were overlooked.

A Joint Submission to the National Disability Strategy Submission (CCYP): This report was prepared by all the State Commissioners for Children and Young People, and Child Guardians, 2008. Siblings are included throughout the doument.