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 practice framework presents a child centred, trauma informed, strengths and evidence-based approach to provide guidance to practitioners and policy makers to holistically respond to First Nations children’s experiences of DFV and thereby increase safety for them and their communities. The research was locally based and culturally safe, engaging community-based researchers across eight Queensland FWS locations in regional and remote locations.
The research identifies the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people who experience DFV and who intersect with child protection systems, and outlines effective service responses using Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and wisdom.
Researchers utilised an action research methodology and recruited and supported 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 identified critical elements of success, challenges and barriers, and cultural wisdom that has enabled effective strategies to be developed and address DFV for children and families.
A practice framework for prevention and early intervention was developed for use by Aboriginal Controlled Organisations, other service providers and policy makers to support children to be safe, physically, culturally and spiritually.
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 findings and resources across service systems.
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