Although we have not identified any tools that measure Aboriginal cultural identity, we know how important the link between connection to community, culture and Country is for an Aboriginal child or young person’s psychological wellbeing.
The QAF seeks to develop a survey that can support a caseworker to understand an Aboriginal child or young person’s cultural and spiritual identity, and ensure through casework that each child has an understanding of:
The first step in designing the QAF’s cultural and spiritual domain was asking Aboriginal people what culture and spiritual identity means to them.
We held a forum reflecting the diversity of NSW Aboriginal communities, FACS districts (metro, regional and remote), ages, genders, and experiences, and asked participants were what cultural and spiritual identity meant for them.
We heard that children need:
These messages will inform the development of a cultural and spiritual knowledge survey for inclusion in the QAF trial.