ARTD and KBHAC have developed a practice framework that brings together best practice trauma-informed approaches, is strongly evidence based and harnesses the voice of survivors to shape the work. Importantly, it articulates what survivors, descendants and program participants can expect from KBHAC. 

The framework is based on preliminary work that ARTD did with KBHAC in developing an outcomes framework to map KBHAC’s programs and services and identify intended outcomes and success measures of these programs and services for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

The work excelled against all of the criteria of excellence related to the award. It employed developmental and empowerment evaluation approaches to a high standard. ARTD’s consultation and project design was highly collaborative, informed by Aboriginal-led co-design practice and the recognition of KBHAC’s knowledge and expertise and the importance of ground-up, creative and iterative planning and design of project priorities. The KBHAC Practice Framework has been received with excitement and positivity by the KBHAC community. Staff have reported finding the tool useful in guiding their work and working with clients, showing it as a way of communicating KBHAC’s way of working. KBHAC staff have also found the workshops and processes for developing the frameworks to be valuable and reported feeling more confident and inspired in their work.

There is a lot of literature on the effects of trauma and intergenerational trauma, stories, reports and education material on the Stolen Generation. There is a gap, however, on documenting approaches that make a difference for the healing journey of those directly and indirectly effected by this multigenerational trauma. This is the gap that the practice framework fills.

The award is provided given the excellent use of evaluative thinking to develop a framework that is useful to the practice of a social justice focused organisation with great potential for impact across the sector and at community level. This is the first Practice Framework designed with and for Stolen Generations survivors, descendants and families. It aims to help restore and reconstruct the identity, dignity and integrity of Aboriginal men who were forcibly removed from their families and placed in the Kinchela Boys Home (KBH). The framework recognises that Aboriginal people and survivors are best placed to develop the healing frameworks to address the effects of the multigenerational trauma that adversely impacts on their lives. KBHAC’s work guided by the framework is at the forefront of healing work being done in Australia. Their work is critical to reckoning with Australia’s recent history of genocide, pain and injustice suffered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.