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Stronger, Safer Families Outreach Hubs

The Stronger Safer Families Outreach Hubs are unique and are a culturally appropriate service to address and reduce family violence and improve the safety of women and children in the home. This is a whole family model where individual KWY practitioners walk alongside each member of the family to support their individual and collective needs. It will provide a holistic, intensive, culturally informed and assertive outreach service. The KWY Safety Hub is delivered through an integrated, trauma-informed and therapeutic practice for Aboriginal families.

The KWY Safety Hubs offer a culturally responsive and intensive family-focused case management approach that aims to reduce family violence.  The KWY Safety Hub team members use a blend of contemporary, trauma-responsive, culturally appropriate and holistic practices to increase safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

The KWY Safety Hub staff will work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the Adelaide Northern metropolitan area, the Adelaide Southern metropolitan area and the Riverland Region who are experiencing family violence and who may have multiple and high complex needs.

To be eligible for the KWY Safety Hubs, families must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or have an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent

  • Domestic/Family violence must be present in the home, and

  • Have children in the family home or children are part of the family

 

Contact with child protection and other government agencies can also negatively affect parents’ physical and mental health, social-emotional well-being (SEWB). Child protection involvement is often incredibly stressful for parents, which in and of itself has negative impacts on parental health. Some parents use alcohol and other substances to cope with their stress and pain.

 

For parents with an intergenerational history of child protection involvement, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, contact with these agencies can bring up memories of their own traumatic experiences of being abused, neglected, or placed in out-of-home care during their childhoods. Unfortunately, the fear of being reported to child protection, or information being used against them, can mean that parents do not access services or supports that could help them to cope with their involvement with child protection.

Contact with child protection may also interfere with a parent’s financial, work, or living situation. For example, parents who are experiencing intimate partner violence may find themselves in a ‘catch 22’ situation: leaving a violent partner or living situation may increase the risk of violence or adversity to themselves or their children, while remaining may mean that their children are removed from their care.

 

KWY understands this and strongly encourages individuals and families to refer to our SEWB Hub or The Stronger Safer Families Outreach Hubs.

As such having a holistic, culturally safe, trauma-informed services will help to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mens Programs

As part of the KWY holistic response to supporting family’s and communities, KWY provides several opportunities for men to engage with a culturally safe space. This provides a space to discuss many of the social issues that impact families and communities. These services are provided across our sites in Port Augusta, Whyalla, Berri and Adelaide metro. KWY men’s services include the following.

Accountability, Responsibility to Change


A behaviour change program for Aboriginal men, the Accountability, Responsibility to Change (A.R.C.) program works through a holistic family intervention response model to end Aboriginal family violence. A.R.C works to support the safety of women and children by working closely with specialist homelessness and domestic violence services, and the Courts Administration Authority. The A.R.C program is a narrative framework and uses yarning principles to support the client to change

Stronger, Safer, Families Western Hub

With the expansion of the new KWY Stronger, Safer Families hub into the West, KWY is again in the unique position to offer a culturally safe, holistic, trauma-informed, client-led and flexible service to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The Stronger, Safer Families Western Hub was developed in response to the growing number of children entering care and staying in care. It is designed to respond earlier with families experiencing difficulties whose children were at risk of entering care, to enable their children to safely remain at home or return home sooner.

The Stronger, Safer Families Western Hub is one of many services that KWY provides to the Aboriginal Community that reflects our cultural values and principles in achieving the safety, wellbeing and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The key consideration for us it to find a way to meet the family’s needs and work with other agencies to ensure family goals are achievable.

The Stronger Safer Families Western Hub is based on the understanding that it’s in the child’s best interests to remain in the care of their family if it’s a safe option, focusing on guiding families problem-solving skills to prevent unnecessary placement in out of home care.

To be eligible for The Stronger, Safer Families Western Hub, families must meet all the following criteria:

  • Have at least one parent or child of Aboriginal or Torres Strait descent

  • Have at least one child who is at imminent risk of removal into care

  • Have children in the family home or children are part of the family

 

The KWY practitioners working with families where children may be at risk are uniquely placed to support these parents as they work to strengthen their families and promote their children’s wellbeing.

 

However, engaging parents who are in contact with child protection services can be challenging, particularly if you have limited knowledge about the child protection system. Contact with child protection and other government agencies can also negatively affect parents’ physical and mental health, social-emotional well-being (SEWB). Child protection involvement is often incredibly stressful for parents, which in and of itself has negative impacts on parental health. Some parents use alcohol and other substances to cope with their stress and pain. For parents with an intergenerational history of child protection involvement, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, contact with these agencies can bring up memories of their own traumatic experiences of being abused, neglected, or placed in out-of-home care during their childhoods. Unfortunately, the fear of being reported to child protection, or information being used against them, can mean that parents do not access services or supports that could help them to cope with their involvement with child protection.

KWY understands this and strongly encourages individuals and families to refer to our SEWB Hub or The Stronger, Safer Families Western Hub.

As such having a holistic, culturally safe, trauma-informed services will help to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Social, Emotional Wellbeing

Building onto the KWY Stronger Safer Families Hubs, KWY now offers the Social-Emotional and Wellbeing (SEWB) Hub to the community.  The SEWB Hub will provide a wrap-around approach for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The SEWB Hub will not only support KWY clients but also the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

KWY’s SEWB Hub will provide a service and will facilitate access to other KWY healing services that support connection to culture, healing of trauma, grief and loss; and early evidence-based interventions for SEWB and substance use concerns. This would mean an easier single access point for individuals and their families.

Individuals will have the opportunity to access services either at the KWY western office or offsite at their chosen safe place. The KWY SEWB Hub aims to support Aboriginal individuals and their families with a focus on SEWB and substance misuse. The KWY SEWB Hub will deliver a fundamental change to the way we work with Aboriginal individuals and their families.

Child protection involvement is often incredibly stressful for parents, which in and of itself has negative impacts on parental health. Some parents use alcohol and other substances to cope with their stress and pain. For parents with an intergenerational history of child protection involvement, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, contact with these agencies can bring up memories of their own traumatic experiences of being abused, neglected, or placed in out-of-home care during their childhoods. Unfortunately, the fear of being reported to child protection, or information being used against them, can mean that parents do not access services or supports that could help them to cope with their involvement with child protection.

KWY understands this and strongly encourages individuals and families to refer to our SEWB Hub or one of the KWY Stronger, Safer Families Hubs.

KWY will be able to offer a holistic, trauma-informed service to suit everyone’s SEWB needs.

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ParentsNext


KWY, with funding provided by the Australian Government, is pleased to continue our work in the ParentsNext program. A pre-employment program for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants with the primary goal of this program being the encouragement and support of parents with young children. This program aims to build skills and connect with other parents before their youngest child is ready for school. We do this by setting achievable goals, providing careers counselling, working with participants to find and access funding to support training and education all in a culturally safe environment.

KWY currently provide ParentsNext support in Port Augusta. 

Training and Consultancy

KWY  provides culturally specific training and consultancy. Our training packages are  designed to generate a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture and improve the delivery of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. KWY can tailor any or all of these training to suit your organisation, additionally, KWY can create training packages for your organisation on a range of topics.

KWY can also  provide to your organisation Aboriginal Cultural Consultancy Services
 
Consultancy services can be provided directly to organisations who wish to improve cultural responses to clients. Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY) can provide a range of Consultancy services to assist in this subject to organisations requirements. We do this by providing;

  • Workplace assessments to determine gaps in culturally competent service provision.

  • Cultural supervision to agency nominated staff to improve case management skills with Aboriginal clients.

  • Provide supervision, mentoring and support of Aboriginal staff within the agency.

  • Provide advice and assistance to agency management in the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

  • Advice relating to Aboriginal client engagement in the review of agency service design and delivery.

 

For all pricing contact, the KWY office on 8377 7822 or contact admin@kwy.org.au

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Healing by Art

Our Healing by Art program takes place at the KWY site in Port Augusta. This program utilises art; an important component of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. The program creates a safe place for women to share their stories and feel empowered and takes healing out of a clinical setting. 

The team in Port Augusta are committed to working with women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic or family violence.

Art Left: Created by the first Healing by Art group in 2018

Women's Strength and Resilience

The KWY Women’s Strengths and Resilience programs support Aboriginal women who may have or are experiencing, family and domestic violence. These programs are culturally endorsed, trauma-informed and holistic family-based approaches, including both group and one on one support. KWY considers the whole family. Assisting women to navigate life’s barriers and prepare strategies to move forward, through programs such as Little Steps and Strong Women.

KWY's Women's Strength and Resilience programs both complement and supplement KWY’s existing programs in Port Augusta. Supporting Aboriginal women with culturally safe trauma-informed counselling. Participants identify their personal strengths, reconnect with their cultural knowledge. Through these programs, women are empowered to overcome intergenerational trauma, grief and loss, and experienced family and domestic violence, which has continuously impacted on their lives. Working towards strengthened and more resilient lives including components of parenting, connection to education, employment, and community.  

 

KWY

Email: Admin@kwy.org.au

Phone: (08) 8377 7822

Indigenous Corporation Number: 7559

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