Discussions about: Children and young people

New discussion topics will be added to Knowledge Circle's discussion page as users continue to make their contributions.

If you would like to introduce a new topic relating to services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, please start a discussion.

Topics you might like to introduce for discussion could include

  • Ensuring child safety and wellbeing
  • Effective approaches to trauma recovery
  • Increasing literacy and numeracy levels
  • Improving school readiness and retention
  • Enhancing physical and mental health
  • Effective criminal justice responses
  • Out-of-home care

The Australian Model of the First 1000 Days

Written by Kerry Arabena, Rebecca Ritte and Stacey Panozzo, The University of Melbourne

From the Indigenous Health Equity Unit, Onemda VicHealth Group, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

Join the Conversation - Promoting Indigenous child health and wellbeing: "Get a piece of paper honey, no-one can take that away from you"

This webinar focussed on effective strategies to promote Indigenous child health and wellbeing.

The presenters provided an overview of Indigenous understandings of child health within the context of community, and discussed strengths-based, holistic and family-focussed approaches and strategies for promoting child safety within this framework.

Strong family means better social and emotional wellbeing and higher reading scores for Indigenous children in Footprints in Time

Written by the Footprints in Time team from the Centre for Longitudinal Data, Australian Government Department of Social Services

It’s no surprise that relationships matter for parent and child mental health, but good family relationships may also matter for learning to read. Footprints in Time (the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children) shows that, not only do the relationships and support of parents and carers relate to children’s social and emotional wellbeing, but they also relate to children’s reading proficiency. The study is now visiting the families of more than 1200 Indigenous children across Australia for its seventh year.

Supporting Carers to care for our children

SNAICC’s Supporting Carers website is an online resource that aims to empower and provide support to carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, ensuring that culture is central in the protection, care and nurturing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are in out-of-home care.

SNAICC recognises and appreciates the important role that carers have in protecting and caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and is committed to supporting carers in their important role by developing this culturally appropriate national online resource.

Join the Conversation - Innovation in Aboriginal child and family services

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) offers a wide range of innovative and culturally relevant services that are responsive to the diverse needs of Aboriginal communities.

This webinar highlighted why and how Aboriginal services differ to mainstream services, as well as the critical importance of culture and safety in delivering these services. Learnings from VACCA’s Kinship Care program and successful cultural and community projects were also presented.

This forum can be used to post comments and to engage in discussion of the issues raised during the webinar.

Shining a light on good practice in NSW: Stories from child protection and out-of-home care

The Shining a light on good practice in NSW report showcases stories of innovative, skilful practice across the child protection sector in NSW. The report highlights the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, with some insightful observations from the practitioners who work with them to improve their out-of-home care experience.

The social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous youth

Reviewing and extending the evidence and examining its implications for policy and practice

This report contains a synthesis of learnings from in depth case studies with six programs that explicitly aim to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people through art and mural making, caring for country, cultural celebration, school programs and mentoring.

Culture is Life: Tackling Indigenous youth suicide - SNAICC

The Culture Is Life campaign aims to raise public awareness of the issue of Indigenous youth suicide and is calling for national support.