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Cultural care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care

Posted on: 18 April, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 2, April 2011 - June 2011
Related to Cultural ways Child protection Infants and young children Research

Libesman T (2011)
Cultural care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care
Melbourne: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care

This research report acknowledges the importance of providing cultural care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care. The research project was informed by a literature review, focus group discussions and evaluation utilising grounded theory.

The themes arising within the report are:

  • what is cultural care?
  • grief and loss
  • out of home placement
  • cultural care plans
  • recruitment, retention and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kin and foster carers
  • capacity building of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander out of home care agencies

Twenty seven recommendations were developed as part of the research and the report acknowledges that to improve cultural care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children requires an Indigenous perspective at all levels of decision making, policy formation and service provision with respect to family welfare and well being.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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