This online workshop is designed to expand foster and residential carers' understanding of the role and significance of cultural connection for First Nations children and young people in out-of-home care. Through knowledge, interactive activities, and research case studies, Dr Jacynta Krakouer will explore the unique cultural needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in out-of-home care, and how best to support these children in their journeys of connecting. Participants will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of what cultural connection entails, strategies to support cultural connection, as well as an understanding of cultural connection as a human right and as a journey.
Dr Jacynta Krakouer is a Mineng Noongar woman originally from southern Western Australia who lives and works on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Health and Social Care Unit at Monash University. An early career researcher, Jacynta’s PhD in social work at the University of Melbourne focused on cultural connection for First Nations children and young people in out-of-home care in Victoria. She is a social worker by background, with expertise around child protection and out-of-home care practices, policies and systems for First Nations children, young people, families and communities.
Foster carers, residential youth workers, residential house managers, therapeutic specialists and others working to support children and young people in out-of-home care.
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