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Strategic Partnerships Program

Supporting cross-sector collaboration to address system-level change focused on child protection and child safeguarding.

Applications for 2021 have closed

Our Strategic Partnerships Program seeks to engage multiple and diverse organisations and people within the community and across business to collaborate to drive real and sustainable system-level change across two priority areas.

The priority areas have been identified through extensive consultation with child protection focused organisations, peak bodies, law enforcement agencies, human rights organisations, and industry sector bodies.

Westpac will provide funding to two delivery partners to manage initiatives across the two priority areas below:

 

 

Priority areas 1. Enhance awareness within communities to improve child protection outcomes 2. Drive action on child safeguarding across Australian businesses
Focus Community Australian businesses
Why Some communities and groups face various risk factors and are more vulnerable to child abuse, sexual abuse/exploitation. Targeted awareness raising efforts are needed to tackle systemic problems of place-based disadvantage Some Australian businesses are at increasing risk of unintentionally facilitating actions that may cause harm to children and young people. A nationally consistent approach is needed to address this risk
What Work with and alongside communities to create effective place-based approaches that empower people to design and deliver innovative initiatives that addresses child protection needs at the local level and fosters long-term success Create a nationally consistent approach that involves a coalition of committed Australian businesses, NGO partners and other experts to develop and implement products and initiatives that drive change across culture, policy, and practice
How

A delivery partner working with Westpac and community stakeholders to identify and select three communities. The delivery partner will work with the selected communities to support the design and development of child protection and wellbeing focused place-based initiatives.

The delivery partner will provide program design/development support, administrative support (monitoring, reporting, implementation, dispute resolution), work with an evaluation partner to share learnings across the communities and help scale and sustain the initiatives beyond 2024 

A delivery partner/s will establish a coalition of committed Australian businesses, NGOs, and key stakeholders to develop and implement products and initiatives that drive change across business culture, policy, and practice
Funding
  • Phase 1: 1 grant valued at $350,000 per year over three years for a delivery partner in collaboration with an evaluation partner
  • Phase 2: Details on funding and applications for Phase 2 will open once a delivery partner has been selected
  • $1m per year over three years for the delivery partner/s
Success

Place based initiatives have:

  • raised awareness
  • shared knowledge
  • influenced attitudes and behaviours
  • ultimately improved child protection and wellbeing outcomes in the community 

More Australian businesses have:

  • increased knowledge of how to be a child safe organisation
  • created publicly available best practice child safeguarding policies and practices
  • improved organisational culture and attitudes towards safeguarding children
  • advocated to government and industry bodies to evolve and improve policy outcomes 
More information
Application process
  1. Check eligibility and selection criteria
  2. Complete an online application form
  3. The SCSC team and independent experts will review your application
  4. Outcome advised: If successful, grant agreements established, and grants paid
  5. Quarterly updates provided to Westpac
  1. Check eligibility and selection criteria
  2. Complete an online application form
  3. The SCSC team and independent experts will review your application
  4. Outcome advised: If successful, grant agreements established, and grants paid
  5. Quarterly updates provided to Westpac
Key dates

Phase 1:

  • Applications open: 17 May 2021 
  • Applications close: 15 June 2021, 5pm AEST
  • Notification of outcome: by end of September 2021

Phase 2:

  • Details on funding and applications for Phase 2 will open once a delivery partner has been selected
  • Applications open: 17 May 2021 
  • Applications close: 15 June 2021, 5pm AEST
  • Notification of outcome: by end of September 2021 

 

The funding principles below will guide our investments:

 

Embed the voice of children and young people Catalyse new ways of doing things 
Build lasting and scalable partnerships 
Collaborate to disrupt the system 
Build from and create the evidence base 
We support partnerships that embed the voice of children and young people in the design of initiatives using a child safe approach We prioritise partnerships that promote innovation, experimentation, adaptability, and learning as central to the design and development of initiatives We seek partnerships that will create long-term, sustainable, and scalable partnerships by promoting complementary strengths, a shared commitment, mutual goals, and trusteed relationships We will invest in partnerships that will work across multiple levels of the system and with diverse organisations (including state government agencies, schools, community-based organisations, academics/researchers, and private sector) to scale what works and drive transformative change We support partnerships that will build from, enhance, and accelerate what already works and build an evidence based approach that develops initiatives that create meaningful and measurable change


Please note that the selection of an organisation is at Westpac's sole discretion.

 

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