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AASW Webinar Recording | Inclusive and Empowering Aboriginal Child Protection Practice

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


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Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Inclusive and Empowering Aboriginal Child Protection Practice webinar.

How do you know as a practitioner that you are culturally competent?  How do you become inclusive in your practice? How do you relinquish power back to vulnerable Aboriginal children and their families and communities?

Within the Aboriginal community, there is an expectation regarding Social Workers that they can be either harmful or helpful. This recording discusses several practical strategies to assist you in engaging with Aboriginal children, families, and communities (including prior to entering a community) and how to build appropriate, professional relationships.

It reflects on how social workers can become more culturally responsive, inclusive, and empowering by gaining insights into the experiences of Aboriginal people and developing effective skills for engagement with Aboriginal communities.

The recording draws on storytelling examples and case studies to provide social workers with practical strategies to apply in their own professional practice when working with Aboriginal children and families.

The facilitator, an experienced Aboriginal Child Protection Social Worker, expands on introductory cultural awareness theories by providing real-life, practical examples to help practitioners develop their professional skills and abilities.

"Excellent. Linda has such a wealth of experience. Inspiring" – webinar participant, March 2022.

"It was great to have training that linked extensive knowledge with practice using real life examples" – webinar participant, March 2022.

Who should register? Anyone working with Aboriginal children, families or communities in the area of Child Protection or anyone interested in developing their skills and knowledge in engaging with Aboriginal people and communities.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Child Protection

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Consider the important preparation activities required before commencing work with Aboriginal children, families, and communities.
  • Develop a reflective mindset to evaluate and monitor personal values and the impact of these on your practice when working with Aboriginal communities.
  • Identify strategies to build relationships with Aboriginal children and their families which respects diversity and culture and promotes safety, connection, and belonging.


Linda Ford

Linda Ford is an Aboriginal woman from the Bigambul people of South West Queensland but grew up on Kalkadoon land in the North West part of Queensland. Linda has 26 years’ experience as a Social Worker in rural, remote and urban settings mainly in the fields of child protection, health, mental health and tertiary education. Linda has previously presented to national and international conferences in the area of Aboriginal Health and Mental Health. In November 2021 Linda was appointed as the National Vice President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and in January 2021 she was also appointed as the Australian Indigenous representative to the Indigenous Commission of the International Federation of Social Work (IFSW). In May 2021, Linda was appointed Senior Academic Lead, Allied Health at the Centre for Rural and Remote Health at James Cook University, Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia. 

Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this recording, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW online on-demand training platform.

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.

Subtitles are available.


The webinar recording duration is 1.5 hours.


This recording can be claimed for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

Find out more today about opportunities to have your specialised social work skills recognised.


Members: $90.00 (including GST)
New graduates, retired and student members: $45.00 (including GST)
Non-members: $120.00 (including GST)
Non-member students: $90.00 (including GST)


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