Angela Wunsch

Biography

True Relationships and Reproductive Health (True), formerly Family Planning Queensland, is the leading provider of relationships and sexuality education (RSE) services in Queensland. True produce evidenced based, award winning resources that increase the safety of children and young people and promote healthy sexual development. Angela Wunsch is the A/ Manager – Child and Family Education at True and has over 14 years’ experience working with children, young people and families.

Abstract

True Relationships and Reproductive Health (True) has spent almost 45 years working in the areas of sexuality, respectful relationships and sexual abuse prevention, including working with children, young people and families who have experience with child protection systems. True also delivers training and develops resources for foster and kinship carers and child protection professionals.
Children and young people in OOHC are less likely to access sexual sexuality education program, are less likely to have the same sexuality knowledge of their peers, and therefore have a high need for specialised sexuality education. In line with the expected recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse in Out Of Home Care, True was funded by the Complex Case Advice and Practice Support (CCAPS) Practice Leadership Unit within the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Child Safety) to develop, deliver and evaluate the Shared Understandings project for professionals working with foster and kinship carers across Queensland. The aim was to increase the confidence and competence of these professionals to support carers, communicate about relationships and sexuality, and respond to the sexual health and behaviour needs of the children and young people in their care.
Shared Understandings enabled the development of a community of practice amongst participants, whilst recognizing and building upon their existing experience working with carers. The project promoted enduring positive and protective strategies for working with children, families and carers in the area of relationships and sexuality.
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