Cultural strength and connection


Children stay connected to culture through their community and a strong cultural identity helps them to become resilient adults. Supporting culture and connection is a responsibility we all share. 

For children and young people who are Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander, it is important they remain connected to their culture. Their identity, beliefs, traditions and language come from their family and their relationship with the land and the sea. These connections help them to understand where they have come from and to develop their sense of belonging and identity. 

Culture plays a key role in childhood development, identity, self-esteem and contributes to the overall wellbeing of a child or young person, particularly when they are experiencing vulnerabilities. Similarly, it is also important for children from other cultures to remain connected to their community, traditions and family. 

At Churches of Christ in Queensland, we provide the support and mentoring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people require to grow and thrive in culture. Our dedicated and specialised teams, work to nurture a strong sense of identity in each child and young person by promoting connection to kin and culture and through cultural practise clinical tools, including: 
a) Cultural strength planning, to support healing, growth and development Storyline Concept, captures the young person’s cultural story and connection 

b) Connection to Culture scale is an assessment of a child or young person’s cultural attachment and connectedness to their culture of origin. 

Further to build strong and meaningful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities we have established: 
• Gili Burra Advisory Committee provides cultural advice on policy development, cultural capability and practice 
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Officers across the state to support regional children, young people, family and community-based services. 

Our practise promotes safe care and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people with family, community, cultures and country in line with the requirements of the Child Protection Act 1999, s5C. 
We have a genuine commitment to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in statutory care. We are guided by our Churches of Christ in Queensland Reconciliation Action Plan in our journey to reconciliation and to being more culturally inclusive. Every child and young person has a Cultural Connection Plan with dedicated cultural practice leaders to help enhance knowledge, connection and experiences of the child’s culture. 
 

Stories of Cultural Connection

Intensive Family Support Services ‘School Readiness’

Family Day Care educators recognised for National Family Day Care Week

Stories of Cultural Connection

Intensive Family Support Services ‘School Readiness’

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Family Day Care educators recognised for National Family Day Care Week

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