Winangay acknowledges and recognizes Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of Australia. We acknowledge and thank the Elders (past and present) for their wisdom and custodianship of this land. Australia, is, was and always will be Aboriginal land.
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WINANGAY Resources exists to find stronger ways with Aboriginal Kids and Families. In 2010, a group of concerned people agreed to work together to improve outcomes for Aboriginal kids in care and their families. They were deeply concerned about the number of Aboriginal children in Out-of-Home Care and the lack of support for many kinship carers. They were fuelled by a passion and determination to see change and better outcomes. The team was headed by Aunty Sue Blacklock and included both Paula Hayden and Gillian Bonser with support from Karen Menzies and Flic Ryan.
Since 2010 the Winangay team has been developing and trialling new resources for Aboriginal kinship carers. The original resource was designed to assess existing Aboriginal kinship carers. It included a strength and concern assessment and an action plan to address unmet needs. The resources have been well received and very successfully piloted and implementation has begun. Following refinements from the pilot the resources were launched by Dawn Wallam Chair of SNAICC in November 2011 at the national kinship forum in Redfern at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. Dr Marilyn McHugh read a foreword to the resources by Professor Marianne Berry, the Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, South Australia.
The tools are culturally appropriate, strength based and rest on a strong foundation of Australian and international research. It has been developed to assess and support existing kinship carers. Through a series of interviews it identifies carer strengths, concerns and unmet needs.
In June 2012 FAHCSIA provided funding for the initial print run of the original Aboriginal kinship assessment resource. We are now conducting training with organisations in the use of the tool. Quality training and equipping of workers is essential to any rollout process. Agencies have begun training their staff in the new approach and resources. If you want to book in for training ring 0421912757. Our training costs are very reasonable and we give priority to Aboriginal agencies.
Variations of the tool have also been developed to meet other audiences and needs.
This website is designed to ensure people around Australia are aware of these new and innovative resources and also to keep people informed about new developments and progress.