Aboriginal Family-Led Decision Making
AbSec’s Connecting Voices—Aboriginal family-led decision making program is in response to ensuring the right supports are put in place for an Aboriginal child or young person at risk or in a vulnerable circumstance—this may be support with gaining meaningful access to school, housing, community inclusion, child protection and family support services and the like.
Connecting Voices provides Aboriginal families with an opportunity to discuss what needs to be done to achieve improved wellbeing, welfare and safety of their children and young people. The purpose of the program is to encourage relevant family members and others to meet and work toward an agreed way forward in order to address any child-related concerns.
Connecting Voices is about involving appropriate family members in the development of a ‘Family Plan’ which is agreed to by the family, the referring agency and other support providers. A Family Conference is organised to assist in the development of this Family Plan.
All Family Conferences involve an independent Aboriginal Facilitator who is employed by AbSec. The Facilitator works throughout the entire process including the Conference itself and involves working with the family in developing the strategies to be included in the Family Plan
Connecting Voices is available to families from all over NSW. Interstate referrals will be considered upon application.
Connecting Voices—Information Brochures
Connecting Voices—Peer Support Network
The purpose of the AbSec Connecting Voices—Peer Support Network is to facilitate semi-structured opportunities for professional/collegial support around current and future developments specifically in the area of family group conferencing. The Peer Support Network aims to provide an ideal service model to address child protection, safety and risk concerns, with Aboriginal children, young people and their families.
The Peer Support Network provides opportunites for new and existing Aboriginal practitioners of alternative dispute resolution, to communicate and share ideas and information about (but not limited to):
- Model/Service/Program implementation and design;
- Research and best practice solutions;
- Legislation and policy changes; and
- Broader workforce issues and strategies as well identifying and addressing emerging themes/trends for the sector.
Membership of the Peer Support Network is free and is open to Aboriginal persons who meet either of the following:
Category A—Have undertaken formal training in the field of alternative dispute resolution and have an ongoing interest in further development and peer support in this area OR
Category B—Have not undertaken formal training but is enrolled (or is about to be enrolled) in formal training, and have an ongoing interest in the further development of this area, and would also like to participate in peer to peer support of professionals in this area.
The Peer Support Network will initially commence as an e-group with the view to potentially providing teleconference meetings, as well as conducting ‘peer reflection forums’ with the aim of fostering skills growth and providing deeper-level of insights, through the exchange of ideas, support, professional skills and experiences, for ongoing professional development.
To participate in the Peer Support Network, hosted by AbSec, please download and complete the membership form. Membership is open all year round.