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Racism

‘Many Australians assume that to be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, a person should look or act a certain way. There’s also an assumption that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are dysfunctional, dependant on welfare, violent or addicted to alcohol.

These are stereotypes. They are not only extremely hurtful, but they also contribute to the confusion about who Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are.) Racism comes in many forms, and is often subtle and covert, sometimes presented from a place of naivety and sometimes from a place of hurtfulness.’ (Souce: Australians Together 2017)

When supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care, we must be able to be aware of and understand our own judgements and biases, use respectful language to enhance partnering opportunities and examine our place of privilege to be able to effectively support their care arrangements.

The same applies to carers and carer support agencies, and it is the role of the practitioner as the child’s custodian and/or guardian while they are in care to hold partners accountable, help them recognise their place of privilege, and break down these barriers to care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safely.

Tip

To learn more about racism and how it impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, watch this short video.

Black Enough: Living as a fair-skinned Indigenous person

Uncle Doug’s story

To learn more about racism, watch this video of Uncle Doug.

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