In the spirit of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, our aim is to provide a high standard of family-based care that supports the identity and the cultural identity of our families, children and young people. Children and young people, ideally, should be cared for in a family environment but are also part of a wider cultural community that wraps a blanket of support and cultural identity around them.
Furthermore, Gudjagang Ngara li-dhi accepts the responsibility to replicate a system of care that the Aboriginal World Views encouraged; one that is collaborative, consultative and engages all stakeholders to provide the best care for our families, children and young people. We understand that the Aboriginal World Views have been disrupted, so it is critical that our partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders and agencies within our community are nurtured.
We are committed to our belief that Aboriginal families, children and young people have the right to their cultural learnings. Gudjagang Ngara li-dhi, together with the community will ensure that this learning is nurtured and developed throughout their lives. We will achieve this through nurturing existing connections and creating reconnections to family, country and community. We strongly believe that these connections and reconnections are vital for a true sense of belonging, an acceptance of self and recovery from trauma.
We are committed to promoting the safety, welfare and well-being of all Aboriginal families, children and young people in our care and to respecting their rights and the rights of their families and carers.
We are guided by the following approaches to practice:
- Aboriginal World Views
- Dadirri – Deep Listening to One Another
- Cultural Learning – the importance of Identity and Connections
- Shared Community Responsibility for children and young people
- Working with Children in a Culturally Safe environment.
- Strengths Based Practice and Resilience
- Trauma Informed and Trauma Specific Care and Practice