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Safe and supportive Indigenous families and communities for children: a synopsis and critique of Australian research

Posted on: 2 October, 2012
Issue: Vol 12 No 4, October 2012 - December 2012
Related to Family violence Child protection Infants and young children Research

Lohoar S (2012)
Safe and supportive Indigenous families and communities for children: a synopsis and critique of Australian research
Melbourne: Child Family Community Australia

This report provides the outcomes of a review that examined programs and projects focusing on Indigenous family violence and child protection. This paper found that elements of effective service include:

  • providing long time-frames for programs to build trust with communities, identify client needs, develop effective engagement strategies, foster culturally appropriate understanding for all staff, and develop evaluations focusing on longer-term outcomes
  • Indigenous participation in all levels of program planning, development, and delivery
  • engagement with Indigenous families
  • holistic and culturally sensitive services
  • collaboration between partners
  • longer-term funding opportunities for services
  • appropriate program evaluation.

Abstract adapted from the Child Family Community Australia

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