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Working with Culture and Trauma when Child Protection Issues Emerge in a Refugee Family

Working with Culture and Trauma when Child Protection Issues Emerge in a Refugee Family

Refugees and their families are coming into more contact with child protection services in Australia. These families have experienced pre-migration, migration, and post-migration trauma; including reasons for leaving their home country, experiences in transit, challenges in reception and resettlement experiences.  This process can impact on the family’s well-being and parenting practices. Services supporting refugees and their families need to be well informed with culturally competent clinical interventions. Working in conjunction with their values, cultural, traditional and religious practices are paramount in achieving a positive, respectful and supportive outcome. This presentation will focus on how child protect worked with supporting services involved to assist an adolescent and his family from a Hazara background  from Afghanistan within a culturally appropriate approach.