Welcome to the home of Winangay Resources
We acknowledge and recognise Aboriginal peoples as the traditional custodians of Australia, always was, always is and always will be Aboriginal land.
We acknowledge and thank the Elders (past and present) for their wisdom, courage and care of country. We acknowledge with respect the resilience, contributions and strengths of Aboriginal peoples and thank them for their guiding and showing us the way.
Winangay acknowledges the non-Aboriginal organisations and workers who have come on the journey with Winangay and invite all organisations and workers to work in Stronger Ways with Aboriginal Kids and Families, to actively participate in reconciliation.
Who are we?
The Winangay team comprises, an Aboriginal Elder and Cultural Mentor, Aboriginal leaders, academics and two non-Aboriginal team members. Collectively the team has hundreds of years’ experience of working with Aboriginal Communities, families and children in the statutory and non-statutory context.
Consultants in their own fields the team came together to use their collective expertise to develop stronger ways of working with Aboriginal kids, families and communities. The Winangay team has worked from the heart, pro bono for over ten years, on this project.
What is our mission?
We work in Stronger ways with Aboriginal Kids and Family communities by developing trauma informed, culturally safe assessment tools and training to statutory and non-statutory organisations across Australia.
Winangay’s mission is to decrease the numbers of Aboriginal kids coming into care, and to increase the number of Aboriginal kids living safe with family in culture and on country.
What do we do?
Winangay have developed assessment resources and tools which enable organisations and workers to work in stronger, trauma informed and culturally safe ways with Aboriginal kids, families and communities.
Who do we work with?
Winangay has worked with juristictions across Australia and with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and non Aboriginal non Governement Agencies who have chosen to use the Winangay Aboriginal and non Aboriginal resources
What are people saying?
“The cards were deadly because you had to think first where you put it and you get to rate what you are good at.
They ask you how you look after children, what you are good at and how you go about it.”
The tool is groundbreaking and will result in a new way of working that will redefine best practice, requiring workers to work collaboratively with carers, identifying their strengths, as together they find ways of building carers capacity and ensure Aboriginal kinship carers and kids are heard.
Dawn Wallam Chair of SNAICC
The Winangay team have blended experience, expertise and blended that with Aboriginal knowledge and wisdom to develop a very sophisticated model.
It is very sophisticated, it is effective and it works.
It creates high expectations and confidence in our mob…. we have the solutions to our own problems.
Richard Weston CEO Healing Foundation
The Winangay approach represents a seismic shift in working with Aboriginal families and children – from a ‘power over’ to a ‘power sharing’ relationship, and hopefully to an empowering one. The approaches also include a clear focus on the professional development of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal workers to undertake this work in a culturally safe and evidence-based way.
Professor Fiona Arney Director Australian Centre for Child Protection