"Winangay has supported our priority focus on Family Finding at Tamworth CSC. The skills learned training in Winangay assessment tool/model are transferrable across the casework continuum and enhance more culturally confident casework.
It has challenged and educated staff regarding their child protection practice. It supports the importance of focussing on the development of culturally responsive practice."
Worker - Manager Client Services, Tamworth CSC
"The cards were deadly because you had to think first where you put it and you get to rate what you are good at.
They ask you how you look after children, what you are good at and how you go about it.
I thought it was going to be hard. But talking made it easier to understand and I could share my feelings."
"It was an equal process.
You came across as caring and ready to listen.
Questions more sensitive.
Like we were having a conversation, the questions were all about the kids.
And were written so we could understand them."
"This is all about the kids making sure they are safe.
The questions were straight out and the cards helped me think of the good things I have done and what I needed some help with and how I could get that help."
"Some VERY POSITIVE feedback for the Winangay Cards. I have been using the cards with a mum over a few home visits. During the Family Action Plan meeting, Mum told DCJ workers/KARI that she really enjoys using them. Mum’s quote:
“I like when you use them because I have a choice in what card I pick and what we talk about. I know I don’t pick all the cards, but it helps me think what I want to talk about in counselling”.
Will be continuing to use the Winangay Cards with this Mum, as per HER REQUEST."
Feedback from Kids
Chloe’s thoughts on the Winangay cards through direct quotes she said:
“these cards would be really great for kids starting out in counselling or any new place where they have to get to know someone new to them”
“I give them my full 100 out of 10”
“I think the other kids you look after will like them too because they can be fun and serious at the same time”
Chloe found them to be easy to read, colourful, and less confronting than just using words in a conversation (Chloe is very much a visual person). Chloe also liked that the cards have prompts on them to help think of answers (she picked out the trauma actions card which shows fight, flight, freeze and then by looking at the pictures she could reflect on times she had done each of the actions and talked about coping mechanisms which was absolutely amazing)
From the Workers
For me, I found these cards to be a more engaging and interactive way to have a conversation and as Chloe said, far less confronting for those using them. I found that it was more interesting for Chloe to review her case plan using these cards so I feel that I probably got more quality answers from her than I maybe normally would have.
All in all, I’m really keen to keep using the cards in different ways with the different children and young people I work with
Feedback from the kids in the research 48 kids from Aboriginal, CALD and mainstream communities.
I’m not confident about talking about important things but these cards helped a lot.
I really liked them….it is good to have some choices.
They’re funny. you could think out of the box and you could have your own ideas.
It’s important because a lot of people in the world don’t like talking about how they feel and they might get really upset and the cards would help them to talk about it.
They help remind me how I feel.
I can focus on the pictures and the words on the cards and not be shamed about what I’m saying.
They helps kids have more confidence to tell about their problems and stuff.
It’s easier to talk with the cards … if I can’t think of the words the pictures can help me.
I like that they ask questions about feelings that we
don’t normally talk about and questions that people don’t usually ask.
The people look like real people.