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Strength-based approach a focus during roundtable discussion

I was pleased to host a dynamic discussion yesterday with CEOs and other senior staff from a range of non-government agencies concerning the themes of the consultation report “Listen To Us”.

The not-for-profit sector plays a very important role in supporting the wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people, and this seminar was an opportunity to discuss how the voices of Aboriginal children and young people contained in the report can positively influence programs and services.

The discussion was very positive and focused on the importance of undertaking a strengths-based approach, which recognised the many strengths within Aboriginal children and young people and their families and communities, along with recognising and respecting the importance of culture and language in supporting a strong identity and sense of belonging for Aboriginal children and young people.

The event was a valuable opportunity to broaden exposure of the value of the report’s content in informing current services, and the many strengths identified by Aboriginal children and young people that can be built on to support their health and wellbeing.

I appreciate the support of the many CEOs and other staff who attended today, as well as Dr Cheryl Kickett-Tucker who supported both this event and an earlier briefing for government agency directors general.

Dr Kickett Tucker’s messages that yarning time and respecting the world view of children and young people, adopting a strengths-based approach and the need for funders to undertake a longer-term generational approach to funding are very important in our work to improve policies and services.

Jenni Perkins
Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People