It's Not Black or White

1.  Training Overview


It’s Not Black or White closely explores how personal individual experiences and values impact on our decision making.  This training employs a range of strategies which challenges participants look at their own life experiences to gain an understanding of how their personal values impact on their decision making in relation to Aboriginal families.

This training would closely explore the issues of “good enough” parenting, to encourage participants to understand the impact of their decision making in a Child Protection setting.

This workshop aims to explore the following issues;

  • How personal values impact on decision making regarding whether an Aboriginal child is at risk.

  • Explore how personal experiences in working with Aboriginal families and children impact on decision making

  • Explore how workers connections/linkages to Aboriginal communities can effect decision making achieving both positive and negative outcome

  • Explore why neglect is a prominent Aboriginal child safety issue, and develop strategies regarding better management of this issue.



2.   Workshop duration


1 Day

3.   Target group


  • Child Protection Workers

  • Management of Child Protection and safety organisation

  • Any Worker’s working with Aboriginal children and families

  • Mandated Reporters


4.   Number of participants

15 Participants

5.   Workshop content and outcomes 




1. Welcome -

Feel inspired and comfortable about participating in the workshopIntroduction of facilitator, introduction of participants in a culturally appropriate way


2. Personal values -

Understand where personal values come from and how they impact on our general decision making

Participants to participate in a number of exercises which determine who and how values are determined, and how these norms become the benchmark of decision making.


3. Personal experiences -

Understand the impact of our personal experiences and their relationships to values and decision making in Aboriginal child safety issues

Discuss participants experiences regarding Aboriginal children and families, and explore how positive and negative experiences impact on personal and professional values


4. Connections to Aboriginal services and support -

Explore the positive and negative aspects of support services for Aboriginal families, for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal services

Group work discussions regarding how personal and professional relationships with Aboriginal families and communities can either positively or negatively affect decision making and their outcomes.


5. Neglect & “good enough” parenting -

Understand the differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal neglect. 

Explore the aspect of good enough parenting in relationship to Aboriginal child safety.

Explore why there is a difference between opinions regarding neglect in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal casework.

Participate in an exercise to determine what is good enough parenting.


6. Strategies -

Bring together the days information to develop strategies regarding improved practices for service provision to Aboriginal children and families

Group work activities to discuss and develop strategies to improve service delivery for Aboriginal children and families


7. Conclusion -

Finalise days learning and outcomesFinal “checking out” activity to close training session