1 April 2015 | General Interest
SNAICC has developed two new pages to supplement the Supporting Carers to Care for Our Children website, that provide detailed information on childhood trauma and healing, and connection to language.
Supporting Carers is an interactive, user friendly, multi-media online resource designed to support and empower carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in their day-to-day work.
The resource provides carers with the necessary tools to become active players in realising better outcomes for our children in out-of-home care, ultimately ensuring that culture is central in the care and nurturing of our children.
SNAICC has collated research and collected resources to develop two new pages that will be added to the Supporting Carers website when it is redeveloped over the coming months.
The first new page examines Childhood Trauma and Healing. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children who are placed in care may have witnessed or experienced high levels of stress or trauma. Children who have been exposed to trauma can behaviour differently. The information provided will assist carers to have a better understanding of why affected children behave as they do.
Discussed in detail are topics including:
- Understanding Childhood Trauma
- Identifying Childhood Trauma
- Healing Trauma
- Caring for the Carer
The other new page provides information on Connection to Language. At the time of colonisation, there were up to 250 Aboriginal languages and dialects spoken in Australia. Today there are only 60 known languages in use.
The topics examined include:
- Aboriginal Language
- Torres Strait Islander Languages
- Why is Language so Important?
- What can I do to Support a Child to use their Language?
Both pages include links with further ideas, information, resources, and other materials relating to each topic.
These new pages add to the considerable amount of information available for carers through the Supporting Carers website, supplementing the references, resources and activities contained within the existing five broad topics:
- Looking After Yourself
- Rights of the Child
- Value and Respect Culture
- Our Children Thrive with their Culture Alive
- Fun and Learning.
SNAICC is preparing to redevelop the online resource in the coming months, adding the new pages as part of that redevelopment. For now, the new pages can be found under the Family & Community Support banner in our Policy & Research section.