KidsMatter has a wide range of resources to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. We recently held a webinar to explain and highlight these resources to health and community professionals, primary school staff and early childhood educators. The webinar’s theme was ‘Understanding Aboriginal cultural identity, resilience and adults looking after themselves’, and covered the following:
- background context of the KidsMatter framework which the resources are part of
- how and why specific resources were developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- process for developing our animations, created in conjunction with Aboriginal cultural consultants
- the experience and reflections of the Aboriginal cultural consultants during the process of making the animations, in their own words, through the guidance video: Through your lens
- examples of the animations
- a reflection exercise followed by a discussion
- promotion of other Aboriginal resources, including the guidance videos and resources and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources, including examples of how resources can be adapted by professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, to suit local needs.
The aims of the webinar were to encourage professionals to:
- to engage in conversations with families based on an increased understanding of the important social factors to Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing
- support the creation of culturally safe environments for Aboriginal children and communities.
The webinar is available for viewing on the KidsMatter website.
Further information about Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing in available in our enewsletter article: Understanding Aboriginal concepts of health.