New resources to help the social and emotional wellbeing of First Nations’s Children

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will deliver the annual Closing the Gap update in federal Parliament on August 5. He is expected to announce:

  • a new $1 billion “implementation plan” aiming to close the gap
  • Stolen Generations members from the NT and ACT will receive payments as part of a new redress scheme

The Healing Foundation and Emerging Minds have developed a series of new resources to improve social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

An e-learning module, factsheets, and an animation are part of the package that will be released today to help elevate the significance of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.

The Healing Foundation CEO Fiona Cornforth said the culturally appropriate training materials will give service providers resources for understanding the impacts of intergenerational trauma and reframing the narrative towards intergenerational healing.

“Connections for our children and young people are important throughout their developmental stages and play a vital role in their social and emotional wellbeing,” Ms Cornforth said.

This is the first time a holistic approach has brought together best practice child development theory and First Nations knowledge systems to better understand parenting through a trauma-aware, healing-informed lens.

Emerging Minds Director Brad Morgan said he is excited by the resources developed with The Healing Foundation.

“These resources utilise the wisdom and strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parenting practices and reframe this knowledge into a foundation for healing,” Mr Morgan said.

“This foundation is underpinned by a two-way learning model, combining longstanding philosophies of connectedness and social and emotional wellbeing knowledge, with concepts such as attachment, child development, and trauma-aware, healing-informed practice.

More details:

The social and emotional wellbeing animation can be viewed here

The e-learning training package can be viewed here

The factsheets can be viewed here