Service system responses and culturally designed practice frameworks to address the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children exposed to domestic and family violence
The aim of this research is to identify the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people exposed to DFV, and to determine effective service responses using an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural lens.
Researchers will utilise an action research methodology and recruit and support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based researchers to engage stakeholders, community leaders, children and families to understand the nature, experiences and impacts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childhood exposure to DFV.
Action research meetings will identify critical elements of success, challenges and barriers, and cultural wisdom that has enabled effective strategies to be developed that have addressed DFV for children and families.
The research will support development of a best practice framework for prevention and early intervention practices. Findings will inform practice models stemming from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander world views that mitigate the risks associated with exposure to DFV.
Using existing networks within the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), the team will disseminate best practice resources across service systems. We will incorporate considerations for adaptation in different jurisdictions to help to ensure wide use.
Adoption of best practice models identified through the research will contribute to enhanced wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
Garth Morgan, CEO, QATSICPP
Candice Butler, Director, Innovation and Practice Development, QATSICPP
Jenny Parsons, Project Officer, QATSICPP
Eliza Miller, Project Officer, QATSICPP
Reno French, Project Officer, QATSICPP
Lisa Hillan, Director, Policy Research Evaluation, QATSICPP
Professor Darryl Higgins, Director, Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS), Australian Catholic University
Alex Cahill, Research Officer, ICPS, Australian Catholic University
Seb Trew, Research Officer, ICPS, Australian Catholic University
This project is funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2020–2022 Core Grant round.