Growing Our Spirit: Improving the evidence base for community-developed assessments of kinship carers of Aboriginal children


Vicky Saunders, Prof Morag McArthur, Winangay Resources Inc., Australian Centre for Child Protection (University of South Australia)

Funding Source:

Sidney Myer Fund


The aim of this research is to examine the effectiveness and implementation of kinship carer assessment tools developed by an Aboriginal community organisation. The research will explore:

  • The outcomes for carers, children, organisations and communities using the Winangay Kinship Carers Assessment Tools, and how these compare to standard assessment methods
  • The system, community, organisation, practitioner and family factors which help or hinder the faithful implementation of these tools in practice
  • The impact of involving Aboriginal workers and community members in the kinship carer assessment process on outcomes and the cultural safety of the process
  • The degree to which the assessment process recognises and addresses the strengths and needs of Aboriginal kinship carers
  • Whether Winangay training meets the training needs of workers with regard to placing practice in the context of legislation, the application of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle, locating and assessing kinship carers, confidence and skill in carer assessment, and culturally appropriate ways of working with Aboriginal carers

ICPS is supporting the implementation of the research in the eastern states, and will undertake 20 semi-structured interviews with aboriginal kinship carers. ICPS will lead the analysis of qualitative data.

For more information, contact Vicky Saunders.