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Child & Family Support

Aboriginal Parents and Carers resource page – NSW Family and Community Services

The website contains information on health, education, family contact and support – to support Aboriginal parents, and foster and kinship carers.

Deadlytots

The Deadly Tots project provides resources that promote the key messages and share the latest information on children's social, emotional and intellectual development with families and communities of Aboriginal children.

Meeting the Needs of our Children - Community Controlled Family Violence Prevention Strategies

This factsheet summarises key findings from a research project of the same name.

Child Protection and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

This paper presents a snapshot of data describing the rates of involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care.

Connecting Communities - the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Services Directory

This national directory contains contact details of Indigenous family and children's services, health and legal services, government departments, peak bodies and resources agencies.

Get Up and Grow

This site provides practical information to support and promote healthy eating and activity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from birth to five years of age.

Indigenous Family Violence Web Resource

This resource provides links to guidelines, toolkits, manuals, and other materials associated with family violence (including child protection) within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Strategies and practices for promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

This resource sheet reviews programs that aim to promote social and emotional wellbeing and identifies those that have been evaluated and shown to be effective in relation to Indigenous people.

Community Support

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Cultural Needs

This resource examines what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people mean when they refer to culture and cultural needs.

Building Relationships with Aboriginal People: A Cultural Mapping Toolbox

This article describes a cultural mapping tool developed specifically for working with Aboriginal people experiencing mental health problems. The tool will assist social workers to understand cultural and family obligations and build relationships with Aboriginal clients.

Engaging With Aboriginal Children & Families

This resource provides non-Aboriginal with suggestions for reflective and respectful engagement. Things to Know provides essential context around engaging with Aboriginal families and Things to Do offers some practical suggestions for engagement.

Through Black Eyes: A handbook to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from the impact of family violence and child abuse

This handbook provides guidance for communities in their efforts to develop child safe communities and protect children from the impact of family violence and child abuse.

Through Young Black Eyes: Workshop Facilitators Guide

A guide to help facilitators run workshops, share stories, plan and act to keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe and happy.

Whose Voice Counts? Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in child protection decision-making

This paper explores participation in decision-making through the lens of culture, examining cultural advice and support services that were developed to involve independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community- controlled organisations in child protection processes.

Working and Walking Together: Supporting Family Relationship Services to Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families and Organisations

This paper provides information, tools, practical tips and encouragement to support non-Indigenous Family Relationships Services to develop culturally appropriate professional practice and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Working With Aboriginal People and Communities: A Practice Resource

This practice resource is a guide for all Community Services workers and relevant non-government organisation staff, particularly field staff. It has been developed to improve service delivery to Aboriginal people by providing staff with key facts and information relevant to working with Aboriginal communities in New South Wales.

Service Delivery

Caring for our Children and Families Profiling Children and Family Centres 2012

The resource tracks the development of 33 of the 38 Children and Family Centres. It contains valuable information about the establishment of the Centres, including service provision and workforce development.

Caring for our Children and Families Profiling the Set-Up of Children and Family Centres 2012

This resource was developed to support information sharing on the implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Family Centres across Australia by June 2014.

Coming Together: The journey towards effective integrated services

This paper focuses on the integration processes occurring in the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Family Centres across Australia. The report is grounded in local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community contexts and the practical needs of communities to address the challenges and disadvantage that their peoples experience.

Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Fact Sheets

This series of Good Practice Fact Sheets is designed to give educators practical ideas for their programs.

Healing in Practice - Promising Practices in Healing Programs

This resource describes how services incorporate culturally appropriate, community-controlled healing approaches while highlighting practice approaches that other services can learn from. The resource has two sections: The Need For Healing and Healing In Practice.

Improved Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Services

This paper aims to explore principles of good practice in delivering Early Childhood Education and Care services (ECEC) to families. The report investigates ECEC principles and practices that support those most in need to engage with services.

Indigenous Research Reform Agenda: Rethinking research methodologies

This paper explores the potential of the research methodologies that are most often put forward as being closely compatible with the expectations and aspirations of advocates of the Indigenous Research Reform Agenda (IRRA) to deliver on the key elements of the Agenda.

Learning from Good Practice: Implementing the Early Years Learning Framework

This paper examines the unique and defining strengths of services that emerged during nation-wide consultations with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services and Indigenous Profession.

Tune in to Little Ones - Early intervention and prevention resource

Tune in to Little Ones is a resource to help workers understand, notice and respond to the needs, strengths and vulnerabilities of infants under 2 years old (little ones) and their families.

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental and Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition

The book examines issues and strategies influencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. It is intended for staff and students and all health practitioners working in areas that support Indigenous mental health and wellbeing.