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Introducing Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making - ONLINE ACCESS

Event Details
Date: 26th May 2021
Time: 5.30-7.30 pm AWST
Venue: Online
State: WA
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours


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Organiser: AASW WA Branch

Robyn Hoffmann
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AASW WA Branch
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At the beginning of Reconciliation Week 2021, the WA AASW is pleased to host Glenda Kickett presenting on Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making

The presentation will provide an overview of the Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making (AFLDM) as a process for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to have a voice in the decision making of their children in the care system and/or involved with early intervention and prevention services in Child Protection and Family Support.

The Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making has come from models that have been working in New Zealand with Maori families and has been implemented in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. During the recent reform and co-design with the Department of Communities, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO’s) requested the Department implement AFLD to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have equal input into the decisions which impact the care and protection of their children and young people.

Glenda is involved in the reference group for the consultation of the pilot sites and program in WA.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain knowledge of where ALFDM came from and why
  2. Gain an understanding of the ALFDM framework
  3. Gain information of the Department for Communities, Child Protection and Family Support co-design for ALFDM in Western Australia

How is this relevant to Social Work:

This is relevant to Social Work because it will be a process of working to empower Aboriginal families to lead in the decisions made for their children and young people in the care system or may come into care and protection with the Department of Communities, Family Support and Child Protection. It is based on recognised evidence-informed practice from New Zealand and other parts of Australia, and which ensures a cultural approach to the work and decisions made.

Who should Attend:

Social Workers and other workers in the sector

Presenter: Glenda Kickett -

Glenda Kickett belongs to the Whadjuk and Ballardong peoples of the Bibbulumun Nyungah nation from the South West of Western Australia through both her mother and father’s family lines. She is a Social Worker, having graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 1993; has a Master of Arts from Curtin University in Indigenous Research and Development in 2004; and is completing a PhD in Social Work at UWA.

Glenda is the Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement at the Australian Childhood Foundation and has worked to support and advocate for Aboriginal children and families in Out-of-Home care, family support and reunification programs within government and non-government organisations. She also lectures in the School of Social Work in the unit, Indigenous People and Social Work.

Glenda as been recognised with numerous awards including WA Social Worker of the Year Worker (2010) and Richmond Fellowship Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Worker of the Year (2010); inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame 2016; as well as the Grace Vaughn Award 2011 and finalist in the WA Day Awards, Aboriginal section 2019. She is the Chairperson of NAIDOC Perth Inc. and a member of the Noongar Family Safety Wellbeing Council; Co-Chair of Social Reinvestment WA and Chairperson of Shooting Stars, Glass Jar, Australia, education through netball.

In 2020 Glenda was awarded a Life Membership of the AASW.

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