Children and Families
Our Children and Families services are dedicated to supporting both children and families involved with child protection services. We specifically focus on providing culturally responsive and family-centered support.
We offer a range of services aimed at promoting family well-being, cultural connection, and positive outcomes for children.
Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making:
We recognise the importance of involving Aboriginal families in decision-making processes concerning the welfare and placement of their children. Our Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making service facilitates culturally appropriate and inclusive decision making forums where families play a central role. We respect and value the cultural knowledge, perspectives, and strengths of Aboriginal families, enabling them to make informed decisions regarding their children’s well-being.
Cultural Support Plans:
We understand the significance of cultural connection and identity for the well-being of children and families. Our Cultural Support Plans service aims to develop personalised plans that reflect the cultural needs, values, and aspirations of children and families. We work collaboratively with families, communities, and cultural advisors to ensure that cultural practices, traditions, and connections are respected and integrated into care plans.
Our Family Finding service focuses on identifying and engaging extended family members, kinship networks, and supportive relationships for children involved in child protection services. We employ thorough search strategies, family engagement techniques, and collaborative efforts to locate and establish meaningful connections that can support and nurture children within their extended family or community.
We conduct comprehensive Kinship Assessments to assess the suitability and safety of relatives or community members who may be potential caregivers for children involved in child protection services. Our assessments ensure that Kinship placements are culturally appropriate, provide stability, and support the well-being and identity of the children. We take into consideration the strengths, resources, and capacity of Kinship caregivers to provide a nurturing and safe environment.
Foster Carer Assessments:
We conduct thorough assessments of individuals or families interested in becoming foster carers. Our assessments consider the cultural competence, skills, and capacity of potential foster carers to provide a safe and supportive environment for children.
Learning and Development
Our learning and development services are dedicated to equipping individuals, organisations, and communities with the knowledge, skills, and cultural understanding necessary to create inclusive, supportive, and culturally competent environments.
Our range of training programs includes:
Cultural Capability Training:
Our Cultural Capability Training is designed to enhance cultural understanding and competence. We provide participants with the knowledge and tools to engage respectfully and effectively with Aboriginal people. The Cultural Capability training packages cover topics such as cultural awareness, communication, protocols, and the importance of cultural safety.
Cultural Support Planning – Practitioner Training: The Cultural Support Planning for Practitioners Training is a comprehensive program aimed at enhancing the skills and cultural competence of practitioners involved in the support and care of Aboriginal children and families within the child welfare system. This training focuses on equipping practitioners with the knowledge and tools to create culturally sensitive support plans that prioritise the well-being and cultural identity of Aboriginal individuals.
Elevate Leadership Program:
This leadership development program spans three days, grounded in cultural values, protocols, and traditions, aiming to create a culturally safe space that elevates the confidence and voices of all participants. Each day is marked by an inspirational theme, promoting engagement and motivation while respecting and celebrating the rich tapestry of cultural diversity among the attendees.
Family Group Conferencing Convenor Training:
Our Family Group Conferencing Convenor Training equips professionals with the skills to facilitate and coordinate family-led decision making processes. Participants learn about the principles and practices of family group conferencing, including culturally appropriate approaches. The training emphasises collaboration, empowerment, and respecting the voices and perspectives of families.
Foster Carer Cultural Development Program:
Our Foster Carer Cultural Development Program is designed to enhance the cultural competence of foster carers. We provide training, resources, and support to help foster carers better understand the diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences of the children in their care. The program promotes cultural sensitivity, respect, and the ability to meet Aboriginal children and families’ unique needs.
Foster Carer Assessor Training:
This training program is specifically designed to prepare assessors for the critical task of evaluating potential foster carers who will provide care for Aboriginal children in out-of-home settings. The training places a strong emphasis on cultural competency, trauma-informed assessment practices, and understanding the unique needs and backgrounds of Aboriginal children and their families.
Foster Carer Induction Training:
The Foster Carer Induction Training is a specialised program designed to prepare individuals who are new to foster caring for the unique challenges and responsibilities involved in providing culturally sensitive and trauma-informed care to Aboriginal children in out-of-home settings. This training is tailored to foster carers who will be caring for Aboriginal children, emphasising cultural competency, trauma-informed practices, and the preservation of cultural identity.
Grief and Loss and Healing Training:
Our one-day training workshop on grief, loss, and healing provides participants with a safe and respectful space to explore the profound impact of these experiences. This workshop is designed to empower individuals by honouring their cultural values and traditions, fostering resilience, and supporting the diverse ways pe participants with a safe and respectful space.
Intergenerational Trauma and Healing Training:
This one-day Intergenerational Trauma and Healing Workshop is a transformative training program that offers a deep exploration of the complex topic of intergenerational trauma and the pathways to healing. Through a blend of insightful discussions, experiential activities, and expert guidance, this workshop aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the impact of trauma across generations and strategies for fostering healing and resilience.
Lateral Violence Training:
Our one-day Lateral Violence training program is designed to help participants recognise, address, and combat lateral violence. By nurturing a culture of respect, empathy, and constructive conflict resolution, this training empowers individuals to create harmonious work environments while promoting cultural sensitivity and inclusion.
Rivers Reconnect Training:
Adapted from the principles of Family Finding and tailored specifically for Aboriginal communities, our one-day Rivers Reconnect training is centred on the significance of reconnecting and strengthening children in out-of-home care (OOHC) and their families. The Rivers Reconnect training supports a commitment to preserving cultural identity and nurturing a strong sense of belonging for Aboriginal children and young people who find themselves in the complex landscape of out-of-home care. In Aboriginal communities, the river is not just a geographical feature; it symbolises the flow of life, connecting generations and communities. Similarly, Rivers Reconnect is designed to be a lifeline, weaving connections that are essential for the well-being of children. Our training is a guide to navigating the delicate waters of reconnection, understanding the cultural undercurrents, and building bridges that lead to safe and supportive family environments.
The Workplace Wellbeing training workshop is a dynamic and interactive program designed to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness in the workplace. This workshop equips employees with the tools and strategies needed to create a healthier, more productive, and harmonious work environment.
Our consultancy business specialises in providing comprehensive services to organisations seeking to enhance their cultural competence, promote reconciliation, and develop strategic plans for long-term success. We offer a range of tailored advisory and consulting services to meet the unique needs of our clients.
Our Cultural Supervision services are designed to support individuals and organisations in developing a deeper understanding of cultural dynamics and enhancing cultural competence. Through regular supervision sessions, we provide a safe and reflective space for individuals to explore their own cultural biases, challenges, and growth opportunities. We offer guidance, strategies, and resources to promote culturally responsive practices, address cultural dilemmas, and foster a more inclusive and respectful work environment.
Reconciliation Action Planning:
We assist organisations in developing Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) that align with their values and commitments to reconciliation. Our consultancy team works closely with clients to assess their current practices, engage stakeholders, and co-create a customised RAP that outlines practical steps towards reconciliation. We provide guidance on building relationships with Aboriginal communities, implementing cultural protocols, and fostering respectful partnerships.
Our Strategic Planning services help organisations develop comprehensive and forward-thinking plans that align with their vision, mission, and cultural aspirations. We collaborate with clients to identify goals, analyse internal and external factors, and develop strategies that embrace cultural diversity, promote equity, and address systemic barriers. Our expertise in cultural competency ensures that strategic plans are inclusive and culturally responsive and set organisations on a path towards success.
Tailored Advisory and Consulting:
We offer tailored advisory and consulting services to meet the specific needs and goals of our clients. Whether it involves addressing cultural challenges, diversity, and inclusion initiatives or implementing effective communication strategies, our experienced consultants provide expert guidance, customised solutions, and practical recommendations. We work collaboratively with organisations, providing ongoing support and monitoring progress to ensure successful outcomes.