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Planning for Positive Cultural Identity

Supporting positive cultural identity for migrants and refugees in OOHC and adoption is easier said than done. This course will take participants past the basics of cultural exposure into more meaningful and practical ways to support a child’s development of positive cultural identity.

As OOHC caseworkers and managers we work within an increasingly rich and culturally diverse context with almost one in four Australians now born overseas. When children come into care we are required by the Act to ensure that a child’s name, identity, language, cultural and religious ties, as far as possible, are preserved.

This one day interactive course will:

  • Explore why positive cultural identity is important to the wellbeing of migrant and refugee children
  • Explore what capabilities a child needs from their carers, including their caseworker, to build positive cultural identity and connections
  • Provide the practical skills and tools to assess a child’s cultural needs and reflect that in a cultural care plan
  • Identify ways to support the ongoing implementation of a cultural care plan

Participants will address these topics from the perspective of different roles recognising that “it takes a village to raise a child”. The workshop will be facilitated within the culturally responsive practice framework. With this in mind participants can look forward to acquiring new knowledge, applying their skills and reflecting on their own cultural identity and its place in their role.

The trainers are experienced trainers/practitioners from the Multicultural Foster Care Program at Settlement Services International.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of cultural identity in child wellbeing
  • Describe the key capabilities required for culturally responsive practice for caseworkers
  • Identify the key capabilities required for culturally responsive carers and how to incorporate them into the carer assessment and support process
  • Identify strategies for developing positive cultural identity and cultural maintenance
  • Utilise tools for the assessment and development of cultural care plans

Who should attend?

OOHC case workers and managers

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.