A range of individual, family, systemic and historical factors affect the capacity of families to provide a safe, secure, nurturing and culturally supportive home for their children. However, the mix of these factors and how they affect each child and family varies. This is their storyline, their story of how they came to this situation. Understanding their story and journey is fundamental to changing it and establishing a new story. A shared understanding of the child’s and family’s storyline is developed and strategies are put in place to reduce their vulnerability and strengthen their capacity to protect and care for their children. In this way, the child and family establish a new storyline.
Underpinning this approach is the sharing of knowledge and learning by children, family, community members and service providers.
The concept of Storylines assisted the Practice Development Team of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Ltd (QATSICPP) to develop a suite of practice resources to assist frontline practitioners throughout Queensland.
This presentation will discuss Storylines and provide an overview of the suite of practice resources.
Knowledge Circles have a strong focus on ascertaining information to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children. The Knowledge Circles integrate the process of ‘yarning’ which is a highly effective tool and/or process for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. From previous Knowledge Circles, QATSICPP has been able to obtain information pertaining to community needs in relation to child protection and how they are being affected and what is needed to move forward.
Knowledge Circles have been successful for QATSICPP in identifying the needs of a community in relation to what they want and hope for in relation to child protection as well as for the work in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Reform Project which aims to assist in addressing the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and families in the child protection system.
These Knowledge Circles have been utilized in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in urban, rural, regional and remote settings.