Improving the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Emerging Minds and Healing Foundation, Australia, July 2021

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this resource may contain audio or names of people who have passed away.

In partnership with the Healing Foundation, these resources have been developed to improve social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

The resources will help families and children reconnect to cultures, while weaving back in the knowledge and protective factors that have kept First Nations peoples healthy and strong for more than 60,000 years.

This is the first time a holistic approach has brought together best practice child development theory and First Nations knowledge systems to better understand parenting through a trauma-aware, healing-informed lens.

“Connections for our children and young people are important throughout their developmental stages and play a vital role in their social and emotional wellbeing.”

Healing Foundation CEO, Fiona Cornforth

Who are these resources for?

The online course and accompanying fact sheets have been developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. This includes those practitioners working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled or mainstream services, and those working in private practice.

The animation below is for all service providers wanting to gain a better understanding of the impacts of  intergenerational trauma and reframing the narrative towards intergenerational healing.

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