This audit tool has been created to support inter-agency partnerships in child and family service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. This tool provides a framework for measuring progress towards achieving genuine partnership goals, and can be used at all stages of partnership development.
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families requires a commitment to genuine partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations.
Partnerships can have multiple benefits including:
- building cultural competence in services that are appropriate for and acceptable to the community
- community development and building capacity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations
- supporting non-Indigenous organisations and professionals to understand and respond to the needs and priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
SNAICC has created resources that describe the principles and practices that are important to genuine partnerships in services delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. See SNAICC’s resources
This audit tool is designed to push further than simply measuring partnerships and ticking boxes for partnership review. It explores the deeper commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to improve long-term outcomes for children and families and how this can be realised in practice. It is a conversation starting and relationship-building tool that can help you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your partnerships and work through them together.