Author: Lauren Renshaw
Work by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) reinforces the importance of culture and identity to the wellbeing of young Australians and offers guidance on how these can be better measured and managed.
In 2013 ARACY developed an evidence-based well-being framework for children and young people called The Nest. Developed in consultation with about 4,000 Australians (many of them young people) it presents the evidence that for an Australian child to truly thrive, they must have their needs met in six key interlocking dimensions: Being Loved and Safe; Having Material Basics; Being Healthy; Learning; Participating; and Having a Positive Sense of Identity & Culture.
Building on the work of The Nest, ARACY has now developed a conceptual framework that outlines the areas that can be measured and on which data can be collected. It has also identified principles for developing indicators of children and young people’s sense of identity and culture.
The report, A Positive Sense of Identity and Culture, has been prepared by ARACY for the Australian Government Department of Social Services.