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Require services to conduct cultural safety reviews and action plans

Recommendation:
148
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Family Safety Victoria

The Victorian Government ensure that funding agreements for mainstream family violence organisations incorporate a requirement for services to conduct cultural safety reviews and action plans in all areas of operations, governance, workforce and relationships with the community. Investment in Aboriginal service providers will be necessary to support this.

  • To ensure a consistent approach across all government funded health and human services organisations, Family Safety Victoria (FSV) has adopted the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety Framework, to implement recommendation 148.

    The Cultural Safety Framework provides a continuous quality improvement model for culturally responsive services and aims to reduce racism and discrimination by improving cultural safety. The Cultural Safety Framework will include practical implementation tools to guide organisations and individuals to enhance their relationships with Aboriginal organisations and help organisations develop and embed cultural safety into all areas of operations, governance and workforce.

    Strengthening Cultural Safety of Family Violence Services is a state-wide project which ensures mainstream family violence organisations are supported to undertake cultural safety assessments and action plans in all areas of operation, governance, workforce and relationships with community. The project is supported by the Department of Health and Human Services,, Family Safety Victoria, and the Department of Justice and Community Safety .

    The Department of Health and Human Services, with the support of the Department of Justice and Community Service and Family Safety Victoria, have commenced the roll-out of the Cultural Safety Framework in a staged approach over 3 years.

    • Phase 1 – 2019: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety Framework launched
    • Phase 2 – 2020: Engaged the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) to deliver the Strengthening Cultural Safety of Family Violence Services project The project will develop key standards and measures to help individuals and organisations track their growth – aimed at improvement development.

    Phase 2 – 2020: DHHS to Co-design fee-for-service model to support the ongoing delivery of the Strengthening Cultural Safety program.

    • Phase 3 – 2021: organisations will be required to meet and be measured against cultural safety standards – aimed at accountability and compliance.

    In developing sector-based implementation plans, The Department of Health and Human Services will work with mainstream funded agencies and Aboriginal organisations to refine and establish cultural safety accountability requirements.

    • The Cultural Safety Framework (Phase 1) is available on both the Department of Health and Human Services website and intranet sites.
    • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety continuum reflective tool (Phase 2) is available on the website.
    • Approximately $17.7 million was allocated through the 2017-18 State Budget to build and support the Aboriginal workforce. This investment includes funding for the Strengthening the Cultural Safety of Family Violence Services Project to support a consistent approach for cultural safety reviews, action plan development and cultural safety training across family violence organisations. The project aligns with the Cultural Safety Framework and the Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families 10-Year Agreement.
    • The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) was successful in developing the Strengthening Cultural Safety Project and additional funding was provided to 10 Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to undertake cultural safety reviews, develop action plans and deliver training aligned to the Department of Health and Human Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Cultural Safety Framework.
    • Through this project Aboriginal Cultural Safety Advisor positions were created for 2 years within Aboriginal organisations The Cultural Safety Advisors provide advice to mainstream family violence organisations on taking action to embed cultural safety for Aboriginal Victorians.
    • The Strengthening Cultural Safety in Family Violence Services Assessment Tool and Action Plan have been developed to support the Strengthening Cultural Safety of Family Violence Services Project.
    • Family Safety Victoria is considering the expansion of the Strengthening Cultural Safety Project to include The Orange Door Networks.
  • Forecast implementation date: 30 June 2021

Reviewed 07 January 2021

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