We believe that every child, no matter what their background, deserves freedom and to have the opportunity to learn, be healthy and grow up in a safe environment.

Working together since 2012, the End Child Detention Coalition currently has 26 member organisations, amongst which there is a total of 150 staff, around 1,200 volunteers and approximately 150,000 supporters across all States and Territories of Australia. Collectively, these organisations possess a wealth of experience in policy and advocacy, as well as years of experience working effectively together. The End Child Detention Coalition advocates for the release of children from immigration detention and takes the position that detention is never in the best interests of a child.

End Child Detention Coalition Australia Statement of Priorities during the COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought many new challenges and concerns for the Refugee sector both within Australia and globally. In response to this, ECDC has re-assessed our current strategy against the new reality we face.

Many members, including those on the Executive Committee, have reduced capacity due to the massive challenges the community is facing. This, coupled with the reduced Parliamentary sitting schedule, has led us to pause our lobbying work to attain legislative change for children in detention and assist with the sector campaigns that have a focus on families and children.

During this period, ECDC will concentrate its limited resources on the following activities while continuing to engage with our members on a monthly basis.

  1. Maintenance
  • ECDC will continue to ensure it meets all necessary governance requirements.
  • ECDC will use this time to update stakeholder mapping and key political targets.
  • ECDC will continue to build relationships with key stakeholders as identified.
  • ECDC will continue to refine legislative ask.
  • ECDC will update all policies, procedures and campaign material.
  1. Support
  • ECDC will lend its platform and reach to other sector / member campaigns that have a focus on supporting families and children.
  • ECDC will continue to connect with our member organisations and seek to build new relationships where appropriate.
  • ECDC will maintain connection with the broader sector by representation at appropriate meetings.
  1. The Executive will continue to meet every 2 weeks with member meetings monthly.

ECDC Executive Committee

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