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Why standard assessment processes are culturally inappropriate : perspectives of professionals from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, non-government agencies and government departments. /

By: Bromfield, Leah M
Contributor(s): Higgins, Jenny R | Higgins, Daryl J
Series: Promising practices in out-of-home care for Aboriginal and TorresPublisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Institute of Family Studies 2007Description: PDFISBN: 064239556X; 9780642395566Subject(s): Aboriginal Australians Children | Children Care | Foster Home Care | Caregivers | Carers | Cultural Identity | Assessment | Boarding Houses | Youth | Australian Institute Of Family Studies (aifs) | Aboriginal AustraliansOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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Standard assessment processes have a dual purpose. They are designed to determine a carer?s capacity to provide care within a framework of mainstream (Anglo-European) culture, parenting values and family life, as well as middle-class living standards. They are also designed to screen out undesirable carers such as those who are likely to abuse children or expose them to adverse situations (e.g., violence or crime). However, when attempting to assess carers within in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context, standard assessment procedures are unsuitable as they fail to elicit relevant information, and overlook the cultural needs of Indigenous children in care.

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