Responding to family violence in First Nations families to support children’s social and emotional wellbeing
September 9, 2020 - September 9, 2020
This webinar draws on the voices, experiences and knowledge of First Nations practitioners to explore how services can better listen to, engage with, and support First Nations communities. Specifically, it will:
- outline the complexities faced by First Nations families experiencing family violence
- identify principles for practice that are culturally responsive and child-centred in their approach
- explore the importance of having community-controlled and locally relevant responses to family violence.
The presenters will also share perspectives on what these considerations might mean for mainstream services working with First Nations families, and for cross-cultural partnerships between services and practitioners.
Family violence is a major health and wellbeing concern affecting all Australians, including First Nations communities. Practitioners working in health, education and community services often report feeling ill-equipped to work with First Nations families in culturally responsive ways when family violence is a concern, particularly when tasked with supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of children.
Services that are welcoming, inclusive and non-threatening stand to gain a better understanding of families’ lived experiences and the impact of social disadvantage and intergenerational trauma on First Nations communities; and to then respond more sensitively.
This webinar is of interest to professionals working with First Nations families and children in health, education, social and community service settings, including family violence and related services.
For more information or to register, please see here.