About Knowledge Circle

Knowledge Circle is a resource that celebrates new approaches to keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe and happy in their communities.

Our aim is to share knowledge about "what works" in delivering positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.

The purpose of Knowledge Circle is to provide professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with quality, evidence-based information, resources and interactive support.

Guiding principles

Knowledge Circle aims to provide work guided by the principles of self-determination, empowerment and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connection to spirit, country and culture.

Who should use Knowledge Circle?

Knowledge Circle is for practitioners, service providers, researchers, community leaders, non-government organisations and governments, plus anyone who:

  • supports children and families in the child protection system;
  • works to prevent vulnerable children and families from entering the child protection system;
  • tackles complex issues that impact on the safety and wellbeing of children; and,
  • aims to strengthen communities so children can feel safe and supported.

Focus areas

  • Responses to disadvantage (through services and program delivery), and not just on the extent of disadvantage that impacts on the safety and wellbeing of children and families.
  • Positive and innovative approaches to program delivery and service practices.
  • An ecological approach that captures the interrelatedness of child, family and community factors that influence child/family safety and wellbeing.
  • How programs aim to deliver outcomes in relation to program objectives.
  • Linking stories about "what works" to existing evidence-based research.

Themes and topics

Knowledge Circle adopts an ecological approach that highlights the impact of a child's surroundings (including family and community) on their safety and wellbeing.

The approach provides Knowledge Circle users with a framework to generate discussion and to explore the website for relevant information. As users contribute to Knowledge Circle, a range of sub-topics will emerge over time. Examples of sub-topics are included in the following themes:

  • Children and young people - for example: early literacy; school readiness and retention; health promotion, including physical and mental health; suicide prevention; substance misuse; prevention of involvement in the criminal justice system.
  • Family support - for example: Parenting support and education; substance misuse; family violence prevention; health promotion; intergenerational trauma and healing.
  • Community support - for example: Social inclusion/exclusion; community development and/or strengthening; cultural education, including building cultural awareness and competency.
  • Service capacity - for example: Improving service uptake; workforce development; service delivery coordination; engaging hard-to-reach groups.

Knowledge Circle is funded by the Australian Government's Department of Social Services (formerly the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) and supports key actions under the Second Three Year Action Plan 2012-2015 of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 (The National Framework).

Knowledge Circle is a sub-site of the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange website, managed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and developed in consultation with the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) and the Healing Foundation.