Why were the resources developed?  

Kinship care is a culturally appropriate form of care and is part of the Aboriginal way. Many Aboriginal kinship carers have complex needs and face competing challenges with a lack of adequate support services.

Existing assessment tools did not meet Aboriginal kinship carer’s needs. Many were designed for foster carers not kinship carers others were not culturally appropriate. This original tool was developed for existing carers, a tool for new kinship carers and a review tool have been derived from this tool.

Demand from workers for a general tool to use with non-Aboriginal carers led to us customising the resources for new and existing carers for this purpose.

The resources employ a strength based collaborative model which is a seismic shift from previous approaches. It requires workers to share power and build strong relationships and working partnerships with carers.

“WINANGAY changes the way we work with Aboriginal families. So training in the use of the tool is essential” said Paula Hayden.

The resources are not available separately or separately but are provided to workers as part of the training 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.

Current Winangay Resources

  • Aboriginal Kinship Carer Assessment tool (for new carers)
  • Aboriginal Kinship Carer Assessment tool (for existing carers)
  • Kinship Carer Assessment tool (for new carers)
  • Kinship Carer Assessment tool (for existing carers)

All of these resources include a series of interview questions and use the cards for rating strengths and concerns

 New developments

We have developed an Aboriginal Kinship Carer Review tool (for ongoing carers) this tool is being trialled currently with both kinship and foster carers. A non-Aboriginal version has also been developed.

 Under development (in draft)

  • Aboriginal Carer Training Resources
  • Social Emotional Wellbeing cards for case planning and support
  • Aboriginal Young people’s rights cards
  • Kids say and carers say card – triggers for ongoing participation and conversations

How are these resources different?

The Winangay resources have been ‘purpose’ developed to specifically meet the needs of Aboriginal kinship carers and workers. The resources have deliberately been designed to work collaboratively with kinship carers, actively engaging their input, preferences and perspectives throughout the assessment process. They result in a joint action plan to increase outcomes and support for Aboriginal children and kinship carers.

The resources are culturally appropriate and visually engaging. The format of the resource is deliberately informal and uses earthy colours and Aboriginal graphics and images. The questions are in plain English and flow together to encourage conversations. They can be used to monitor and review changes in the family over time. The resources include a set of cards that are visually appealing and humorous. They are strength based and depict all the key factors that are required in positive parenting.

These Aboriginal tools represent a change in practice encouraging workers to work collaboratively in partnership with carers and identifying unmet needs.

Interest in the tool has led to us developing non Aboriginal versions of the tool. These tools are derived from the Aboriginal tool but with a number of cultural and language changes.

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