Strengthening our Services through reconciliation
In 2023 we started our formal reconciliation journey through partnering with Reconciliation Australia and developing our first Reflect RAP (November 2023 – November 2024). We are excited to have chartered a course to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the many communities in which we work. Our year-long RAP will help us to reflect more deeply on the distinctive needs of the Aboriginal children and families and learn how to improve and tailor our engagement and service design with greater cultural safety and responsiveness.
Our Reflect RAP outlines a wide range of activities that build on the very positive relationships BUSHkids has established with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled organisations and how this is contributing to new partnerships and innovation with families, communities, and other partner organisations. Over the next year we will support our RAP Working group to help BUSHkids implement strategic activities across the four domains of the RAP including Relationships, Respect, Opportunities and Governance.
Our roadmap for reconciliation starts with our inaugural Reflect RAP. Our Values lay the foundations for relationships, and we are committed to achieving our stated objectives and to continuing to grow as an organisation in partnership with the families and communities we serve.