The KidsMatter Aboriginal animations were developed using a collaborative framework that involved working with a team of experienced Aboriginal consultants.

Why we developed the animations

KidsMatter developed the animations in recognition of an evaluation that identified the need for more culturally relevant resources to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children.

As a result of further funding, KidsMatter was able to develop these culturally relevant resources for Aboriginal families and professionals working in settings which support children’s social and emotional wellbeing such as schools and early childhood services.

Working in collaboration and partnership

The KidsMatter Aboriginal animations were developed in partnership with a team of experienced cultural consultants.

“To develop the animations and accompanying resources, KidsMatter not only used the evidence-base for Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing but also more importantly worked in partnership with a team of experienced Aboriginal cultural consultants,” said Samantha Smith, Senior Project Officer.

“The consultants worked with KidsMatter team based at the Australian Psychological Society in a collaborative process to develop the concepts, scripts and key messages in the films.”

The cultural consultants were from diverse professional backgrounds and geographical locations including Victoria and central Australia.

Here’s what some of the cultural consultants said about their involvement with the project:

Alf Bamblett:

"From the start, you just felt safe, so we could talk about our own personal stuff and not worry about it being thrown back at us. It was the safe environment that was created at the start that made that possible because it is one of the most important things. When you’re talking about yourself, you need to feel safe and comfortable and that comes from the people who you’re sitting in the room with."

Ronnie Briggs: 

"It wasn’t easy in the very beginning, I must admit…They’d listen and they’d change it. We were connected to that during the whole process of the making of those films."

Aunty Di Kerr: 

"It was really good when we sat down with Lisa and the rest of the mob that they listened to us, and after listening to us things were written down. Then it was brought back to us and we discussed it and thought, ‘no, that doesn’t suit’ or ‘that looks wrong’ or ‘how will people think about that?’, so we went through it really, really finely and tried to make it as culturally appropriate and safe as possible in our eyes. When people are seeing this they’re actually viewing it through our eyes culturally and I think that’s where it’s different. What we’ve shared is from the heart and I think that shows in there, I really do. I’m very proud of what we’ve done and I hope that it goes a lot further and it continues."

For more information

For more reflections from the team of cultural consultants, watch Through your Lens – creating cultural safe environments