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Inclusive and Empowering Aboriginal Child Protection Practice

Event Details
Date: 22 March 2022
Time: 11:00am-12:30pm AEDT
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours

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Organiser: AASW


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Special member offer

AASW members who register to this event will also receive FREE access to an additional 3 CPD hours of content from the Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021: Children, Young people, and Families.

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? These concepts will be discussed along with practice examples and storytelling experiences from an experienced Aboriginal Child Protection Social Worker.    

Within the Aboriginal community, there is an expectation regarding Social Workers that they can be either harmful or helpful. This training will discuss several practical strategies to assist you in engaging with Aboriginal children, families, and communities (including prior to commencing your face-to-face interactions) and how to build appropriate, professional relationships. 

This webinar will introduce how to become a culturally responsive, inclusive, and empowering Social Worker, more able to gain insights into the experiences of Aboriginal people and develop good skills on how to engage with Aboriginal communities. 

This webinar will draw on case studies to provide social workers with practical strategies to apply in their own practice when working with Aboriginal children and families. The facilitator will expand on introductory cultural awareness theories by providing real-life, practical examples to help practitioners develop their professional skills and abilities. 

A tip sheet of practical strategies will be provided.

Who should attend? 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

By the end of this 90-minute webinar, 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.   

Location and date

Live online: a Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the webinar
22 March 2022
11:00am-12:30pm AEDT

A recording of the webinar will be sent to registrants via email after the event and available to watch for 2 weeks.


Members: $90.00 (including GST)
New Graduates, Retired and Student Members: $45.00 (including GST)
Non-members: $120.00 (including GST)
Student non-members: $60.00 (including GST)


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*Please note: registrations close 22 March 2022 at 10.00am AEST.

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