The return of our Cultural Connections Workshops
Wednesday 21 October
Following the suspension of all face to face Cultural Connections Workshops due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we have begun to restart hosting workshops across New South Wales.
AbSec’s Cultural Connections Workshops assist child protection practitioners, agency staff and foster carers support Aboriginal children in out-of-home care through effective cultural planning. We have restarted face to face engagements and are looking forward to assisting agencies and other organisations in meeting their cultural obligations by developing a better understanding of kin, community and Country.
ABOUT CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
Culture is central to the long-term safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people.
Every Aboriginal child has the right to maintain their cultural identity. Preserving contact with family, kin, community and Country is essential to support Aboriginal children through psychological and emotional development.
It is a requirement in NSW that all Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care must have a Cultural Care Plan and a Cultural Support Plan. Our goal is to assist in creating comprehensive and effective plans, resulting in stronger, healthier and happier children and young people.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND HOW WE CAN HELP
As practitioners are responsible for the care of Aboriginal children or young people, it’s up to them to ensure they grow up feeling strong and secure in their culture. The Cultural Connection Workshops can provide information and strategies for attendees to equip people with the skills and knowledge to create effective Cultural Care Plans and Cultural Support Plans, giving children in care a holistic upbringing in culture.
Cultural Care Plans and Cultural Support Plans are compulsory documents that must be created for every Aboriginal child or young person in out-of-home care. They aim to maintain the child or young person’s cultural identity, connection and sense of belonging to family, community and Country while they are in out-of-home care.
These plans are living documents that detail actions, roles and responsibilities outlining how a child or young person will participate in cultural support activities, events and programs while they are in care.
In our one-day workshop, our Aboriginal staff will guide you through how to create meaningful and achievable cultural planning and how to put it into practice. We’ll also build interpersonal skills to help you consult with Aboriginal families and communities. Maintaining these relationships is central to forming complete and effective cultural support plans and gaining the important input of all key figures in a child’s life.
We also recommend a follow-up training every 12 months to refresh the skills learnt and clarify any areas of confusion or concern. Cultural Support Plans need to be reviewed at least every 12 months, so this is an area of training that will be called upon regularly.
BOOKING A WORKSHOP
We are currently opening up our Cultural Connections Workshops to organisations and agencies and will soon look at opening positions up to the public.
If you have any further questions, feel free to call us on (02) 9559 5299 to speak to one of our friendly staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org.