Meet Rachaelle, our first ever Cultural Development Specialist.
As a mother of nine, grandmother of three and carer for many children through the indigenous child protection system and family adoption, Rachaelle Mann has plenty of experience raising young people and helping them find their feet.
And as Safe Places first Quality and Systems Cultural Development Specialist, Rachaelle is looking forward to bringing her skills and knowledge to help Safe Places grow.
"I am excited to be given the opportunity to support Safe Places on this journey, said Rachaelle, "as cultural capability is shown to support the grown of an organisation and provide improved outcomes for our young people."
Rachaelle joined Safe Places in 2017 as a case manager in Far North Queensland (FNQ) and soon worked her way up to Assistant Area Manager and Acting Area Manager positions over this time. In her current Assistant Area Manager (AAM) role, Rachaelle has been working collaboratively with Western Australian senior area managers and senior quality and systems managers to help them meet state legislative requirements regarding cultural competency and to build strong local networks to improve the outcomes of indigenous young people in Safe Places care.
A Koori woman raised in Queensland with strong ties to Torres Strait Island, Rachaelle has also worked extensively in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the areas of child protection, sexual assault and family violence. In these roles, Rachaelle developed and implemented frameworks in Aboriginal organisations and supported the transition to independence for several Aboriginal corporations.
Rachaelle has received a Young Australian of the Year award for her work in Aboriginal child protection and was instrumental in advocating for the 2003 Crime and Misconduct Commission inquiry into the abuse of children within the foster care system. She has been a keynote speaker at many forums addressing Aboriginal child protection and family violence and has developed and implemented culturally- focused education programs.
"Our children are our future role models and the more we can do as an organisation to connect them to their country and their ways the brighter the future looks."