The Healing Foundation and Emerging Minds are working together to create resources to improve social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to ensure they grow up culturally strong, healthy, happy and safe.

This is the first time a holistic approach has brought together best practice child development theory and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture to understand parenting through a trauma aware, healing informed lens.

 

The impacts of intergenerational trauma as a result of colonisation, the forced removal of children and loss of culture have led to significant emotional and social wellbeing problems for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

These resources will help families and children reconnect to culture and develop their own attachment story, while weaving back in the knowledge and protective factors that kept Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples healthy and strong for over 60,000 years.

A team of recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and family mental health and wellbeing experts are part of a Knowledge Circle with representatives from The Healing Foundation and Emerging Minds working together to reframe the narrative to improve social and emotional wellbeing and for children and young people aged 0 – 18 years old.

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The Knowledge Circle is working together to create culturally and age appropriate child development resources in consultation with parents and service providers and through process implementation testing.  These resources are expected to be developed in 2021.

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