Community development approaches to safety and wellbeing of Indigenous children
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This resource sheet summarises current knowledge on best practice in child protection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Drawing upon Australian and international research, it outlines what we know - and what we don't know - in supporting families and responding to child maltreatment.
Sections include: background information on the prevalence and risk factors of child abuse; current responses in child protection; the family support approach; cultural safety, culturally competent policies and practices; Indigenous community development approaches; family support programs; family decision-making models; and child-safe communities and situational crime prevention principles.
This report was produced by AIFS staff for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse was a Council of Australian Governments’ initiative jointly funded by all Australian Governments. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies was funded from 2009 to 2014 to deliver the Clearinghouse.