Cultural Safety Framework - Consultations

Information on the Cultural Safety Framework Project and Consultations.

Overview

The development and implementation of a Cultural Safety Framework across the Early Childhood Education and Care sector is part of the Department’s commitment to the First Steps Aboriginal Children’s Early Childhood Education Strategy 2021-2025.

The First Steps Strategy is reflective of the Department’s commitment to improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in the Early Childhood sector, and aligned to measures under the Commonwealth Government’s Closing the Gap strategy.

The department is driving innovative work to create culturally safe environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. Following co-design across the community, sector and other agencies, the department will deliver the first ever Cultural Safety Framework for the NSW ECE sector.

About the Cultural Safety Framework

The Cultural Safety Framework will:

  • Support uplift within the ECE sector by providing clear expectations, standards and guidance to support services to develop, maintain and improve cultural safety.

  • Encourage best provision and maintenance of culturally safe and responsive environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and ECE staff in every type of ECE service.

  • Ultimately support an increased participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in ECE services.

The Cultural Safety Framework will be developed using a phased approach. SNAICC - National Voice for our Children, is the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and are contracted by the Department to deliver Phase 1 of the Cultural Safety Framework project – Consultation.

The consultations are scheduled to be conducted during July 2022, and will include face-to-face consultations, online surveys, and a webinar information session targeting ECE services.

How can I be involved?

Three tailored online surveys have been developed and we want to hear from you, about your experience/s and aspirations in relation to cultural safety in early childhood settings.

Depending on the length of your responses, this survey should take around ten minutes to complete.

Responses will remain anonymous and used to inform subsequent phases of the Cultural Safety Framework.

Surveys close COB Friday 29 July 2022.

Online surveys

Please select the survey that applies to you!

  • This survey is open to early childhood education and care services regulated by the New South Wales Department of Education, such as preschools, long day care, family day care, and out-of-school hours care providers.
  • This survey is for New South Wales early childhood education centre staff (of any cultural background) that may include directors, educators, staff, Board or Committee members, students, or volunteers working for a non-Aboriginal community-controlled organisation.

Click here to complete the survey.

  • This survey is open to early childhood education and care services regulated by the New South Wales Department of Education, such as preschools, long day care, family day care, and out-of-school hours care providers that are Aboriginal community controlled.
  • This survey is for New South Wales Aboriginal community controlled early childhood education centre staff that may include directors, educators, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander staff, Board or Committee members, students or volunteers.

Click here to complete the survey.

  • This survey is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and carers who have children attending preschool, long day care, family day care and/or out of school hours services in New South Wales.

Click here to complete the survey.

Cultural Safety Framework webinar

In July 2022, the Department will host a Cultural Safety Framework Webinar to inform ECE services and stakeholders about the Cultural Safety Framework, and the consultations planned for the project.

The webinar will provide an opportunity to come together as a community, share information and hear from people who have been involved in developing the project to date.

More information and registration for the Cultural Safety Framework Webinar can be found here.

Further information

If you have any questions, please email us at ececd@det.nsw.edu.au or contact the Information and Enquiries team on 1800 619 113.

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