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A comprehensive approach

Working effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and their families requires a comprehensive approach. This includes:

  • developing a cultural framework for understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities
  • understanding the historical impacts of colonisation and past policies and legislation
  • having a multidimensional approach to human services work that consists of more than one approach when
  • having regard to child development
  • understanding the contemporary risk and protective factors as they apply to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children


Respect, acknowledge, actively listen and respond to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities in a culturally appropriate manner.

Further reading

Practice prompt

SNAICC has developed engaging resource packages designed to educate, promote greater understanding and encourage best practice when working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children, young people and families.

The Working with Families kit includes 9 valuable resources such as the ‘Talking Up Our Strengths’ cards, which promote discussion, and 2 packs of 10 books—‘You’re a Dad’ and ‘In my family we are proud to be Nunga’, which can be shared with clients.

Access the kit here

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