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Footprints in Time

Posted on: 11 May, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 2, April 2015 – June 2015
Related to Closing the gap Cultural ways Environmental health Child protection Oral health Social and emotional wellbeing Hospitalisation Growth Policies Infants and young children Education Social issues

Footprints in Time (2015)
Footprints in Time: the longitudinal study of Indigenous children: report from Wave 5
Canberra: Department of Social Services

Footprints in time is the name given to the longitudinal study of Indigenous children, an initiative of the Australian Government. The study is conducted by the Department of Social Services under the guidance of the Footprints in Time Steering Committee, chaired by Professor Mick Dodson AM. The study aims to improve the understanding of, and policy response to, the diverse circumstances faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities. The initial report (wave one) covered topics including maternal and child health, family life, growing up strong, learning and doing, strong souls and safe communities.
In this report, wave five, new topics included: measures of life satisfaction, parenting empowerment and efficacy, the child’s peers and access of fathers to paternity leave. From previous waves, questions about social and emotional wellbeing, major life events, general and dental health of the child, schooling, temperament and the Stolen Generations were repeated.

Abstract adapted from Department of Social Services

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