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“It is the story of all of us”: learning from Aboriginal communities about supporting family connection

Posted on: 29 February, 2012
Issue: Vol 12 No 1, January 2012 – March 2012
Related to Cultural ways Child protection Infants and young children Victoria

Kiraly M, Humphreys C (2011)
“It is the story of all of us”: learning from Aboriginal communities about supporting family connection
Melbourne: Office of the Child Safety Commissioner, Victoria

This report explores issues faced by Aboriginal families who are involved in kinship care in Victoria. (Kinship care is a type of care provided to children by members of their own family or friendship network when they are unable to live with their parents.)

The report identifies seven key pointers to good practice in Aboriginal kinship care. These are:

  • Keep children safe
  • Improve Aboriginal kinship care assessment and support
  • Increase financial and non-financial support to caregivers of Aboriginal children
  • Through Aboriginal services, support children’s relationships and contact with a wide range of family members
  • Develop cultural awareness in non-Aboriginal workers and caregivers
  • Recognise that all of the above measures may work together to build a greater pool of suitable Aboriginal kinship care arrangements
  • Continue to support and work towards reconciliation in the Australian community.

The report draws heavily on interviews with Aboriginal families, children and services. It was produced as part of the Family links: kinship care and family contact research project conducted by the University of Melbourne with help from the office of Victoria’s Child Safety Commissioner.

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