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As part of the QAF design process, we asked young people ‘What young people thought about the QAF’ (PDF, 4.3 MB) They told us they want to feel connected to their friends and family, have people they can trust, have opportunities to reach their full potential and have a voice that is heard.
In response we have designed the Child and Young Person Questionnaire, a set of questions for children and young people in OOHC to tell us, every 6 months, how they are going in the areas of safety and permanency and cultural and spiritual identity. This information is used by caseworkers to assess current needs and emerging issues and map progress over time.
Questions are automatically organised so they are age, culturally and situationally appropriate. The Questionnaire comprises of three sections:
Access questionnaire at www.vptol.com.au/QAF
General Use QAF - User guide – Chapter 1 – Viewpoint for OOHC Caseworkers (PDF, 968.2 KB)
General Use QAF - Viewpoint Troubleshooting Guide for Questionnaires (PDF, 462.8 KB)
Child and Young Person Questionnaire
General Use QAF - User Guide – Chapter 3 – Child and Young Person Questionnaire (Safety and Permanency, Multicultural and Aboriginal Cultural Connections Questions)
QAF Flyer for Children 7 to 12 years of age – Child and Young Person Questionnaire (PDF, 269.2 KB)
QAF Flyer for Young People over 13 to 17 – Child and Young Person Questionnaire (PDF, 292.1 KB)
QAF Carers Fact Sheet for – Child and Young Person Questionnaire (PDF, 102.7 KB)
Child and Young Person Questionnaire 7 – 8 Years – paper based version (PDF, 690.3 KB)
Child and Young Person Questionnaire 9 – 11 Years – paper based version (PDF, 731.6 KB)
Child and Young Person Questionnaire 12 – 13 Years – paper based version (PDF, 824.6 KB)
Child and Young Person Questionnaire 14 – 17 Years – paper based version (PDF, 765.9 KB)
Casework Templates and tips
General Use QAF - Caseworker Checklist for Implementing Questionnaires (DOCX, 168.1 KB)
General Use QAF - Annual Casework Review Template (DOCX, 70.5 KB)
General Use QAF - Group Supervision Discussion Points (PDF, 241.4 KB)
The Child and Young Person Questionnaire incorporates questions from the 2018 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) National Survey of Children in OOHC, that measure:
We’ve also looked at the relevance of the NSW FACS Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) to QAF objectives, and selected some of its questions for inclusion in the QAF Child and Young Person Questionnaire.
Culture is important to all of us for many reasons and underpins who we are in terms of values, beliefs, customs, traditions and language. Social identity is a critical developmental task during adolescence. As a child matures, cultural identity is crucial to psychological wellbeing. It’s linked to academic success, increased self-esteem, low levels of substance abuse and resilience to prejudice among other outcomes.
The QAF uses the Multi Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM (PDF, 12.1 KB)) alongside questions about faith and language in the Child and Young Person Questionnaire for young people aged 12-17 years.
The MEIM has been used in multiple studies globally and is designed to assess ethnic identity and is reliable across a wide range of ethnic groups and ages. The MEIM comprises of two key factors:
The CALD consultation report (PDF, 3.8 MB) outlined the initial steps to developing the Multicultural Cultural and Spiritual Identity area of the QAF.
Culture is important to all of us for many reasons and underpins who we are in terms of values, beliefs, customs, traditions and language. We are asking Aboriginal children and young people about their culture to help us understand what cultural support we as casework practitioners need to provide to them.
The domain is an Australian first and has been a true partnership with Aboriginal people. Key partners and leaders, in the development of the Aboriginal Cultural and Spiritual Identity Domain are:
View initial conversations held with Aboriginal young people and the sector and documented from the Aboriginal Cultural and Spiritual Identity Forum, November 2016 consultation report. (PDF, 5.0 MB)
The Aboriginal Cultural Connections Questionnaire (ACCQ) gives Aboriginal young people aged from 9 to 17 the opportunity to reflect on their knowledge of kin, county and connections. The information provided by the ACCQ allows all caseworkers to support Aboriginal children and young people with their cultural needs no matter what their placement situation.
The questions are based around key knowledge and connections that a person is culturally connected to and is surrounded by. Some of these questions generally happen in conversations with Aboriginal people in community to firstly establish their family connections and secondly their basic knowledge and understanding of where they come from. There are 16 questions that range from multiple choice to free text. There are no right or wrong answers as the information is used to build the child or young person’s cultural knowledge over time.
The questions are culturally appropriate and have been developed by Burrun Dalai Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal OOHC agency in NSW and have been tested and reviewed over a period of two years with various Aboriginal children, young people and caseworker practitioners. Extensive consultation with Aboriginal people, services and agencies have occurred and many hours of heart felt discussions around the meaning of culture and how this could be measured have been undertaken.
Please note: Learning about your culture is a life long journey; it is not expected by Aboriginal people or DCJ that non-Aboriginal casework practitioners will teach the child or young person about their culture. As a casework practitioner, you need to access Aboriginal community members who have the skills in providing cultural support or leadership to gain cultural knowledge
27 Feb 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.