Other advocacy

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

Anglicare’s Social Policy and Research Unit has released its report, Caring for a Child with Intellectual Disability and Challenging Behaviours, 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’.

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

Addressing the needs of siblings of children with disability or chronic illnessPosition Paper 69 by the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 2011. This also includes a link to a longer Issues Paper, 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, by the Commissioner for Children and Young People, 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 of the Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association, 2011. Siblings are referred to on page 20. It can also be found here

National Action Plan 2010, 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 by all the State Commissioners for Children and Young People, and Child Guardians, 2008. Siblings are included throughout.