Tag: cultural_identity

May 15, 2017

16 May 2017 . Aboriginal children are disproportionately represented in the care system. They comprise about one third of children in care, and the trend points to further increases. As well as the trauma and dislocation felt by all children coming into care, they face the extra risk of removal from, or loss of access…

November 22, 2016

22 November, 2016 Themes from Nyland  #12 The team from the Guardian’s office have analysed the 850 pages and 260 recommendations from The life they deserve: Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report[1].  We have extracted some themes and priorities to allow us to critique the government’s response, judge the improvements over time and to shape…

October 18, 2016

18 October, 2016 Our Office’s experience talking with Aboriginal children and young people was confirmed in a consultation with young people earlier this year. They told us that the same messages and artwork that appeal to other young people may not connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. ‘ hand drawn images – they are…

October 18, 2016

18 October, 2016 Themes from Nyland  #7 The team from the Guardian’s office have analysed the 850 pages and 260 recommendations from The life they deserve: Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report[1].  We have extracted some themes and priorities to allow us to critique the government’s response, judge the improvements over time and to shape…

September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015 Aboriginal children who are removed from their immediate family should, wherever possible, live with their extended family or other Aboriginal families of the same clan. A short review of the literature about residential care for Aboriginal children and young people was released in August and here are some of the conclusions. In…

September 8, 2015

Aboriginal children and young people in care have the right to know about their cultural and spiritual identity and their community. (Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care) The best evidence of how well this right is supported comes through our audits of  the annual reviews of the situation of young people…

September 1, 2015

I write this letter having just returned from a discussion with Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people from organisations in the Murraylands. Our invitation to the gathering asked them to share views and ideas about ways to bring children who are separated from family and culture back to a healthy connection with their identity as Aboriginal…