Strengthen Local Community Support Service Case Study

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Strengthen local community support services
To develop holistic practice and cultural competency, community interaction may be another way to support academic achievement in school and clinical settings. As a result, the Ministry of Education (2013) has recommended strengthening of local community support services to support Pasifika education. The number of community support services is on the rise. Research by Pasikale and Wang in 1998 recognised two Pasifika organisations that were run by the board of trustees. Furthermore, many Pasifika organisations providing training opportunities within the community. A kaimanaaki has also been recognised as an enabler of high-level parent engagement, a provider of home language and culture support and
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The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (n.d.) offers information for Pasifika people living in New Zealand. This ranges from information on interpreters to funding and housing advice. However, websites like this may not be beneficial for individuals who do not like to ask for help, or do not have access to the Internet. The Ministry of Education (2103) found that despite the support available, many individuals may not like to ask for help and if they do they don 't know where to go. Therefore, increasing awareness to the availability of resources may be beneficial for Pasifika families. The need for resourcing has not been specifically included in the 2013-2017 PEP. Many of the planned actions allude to providing appropriate resources, such as providing schools with the necessary tools for Pasifika learners and improve the provision of information. Based on the current evidence for improving Pasifika school success, it would be assumed that the “tools” are in a range of Pasifika languages, and improvement of information includes providing language specific resources (Ministry of Education, n.d.a). However, these are just implied and have not been specifically stated. Therefore, a possible focus in Pasifika resources may be beneficial in the next …show more content…
This includes translating information sheets to the family’s first language, providing an interpreter for all aspects of assessment and intervention and using culturally appropriate materials within the clinic. Many of the NZSTA Code of Ethics (2008) recognise what has been recommended by the Ministry of Education (2013). For example, acknowledging and allowing for individuality, as respecting the rights of individuals and being sensitive to factors including race, religion and culture. Therefore when working with Pasifika individuals, we must have an understanding in order to respect ones culture. We also must design sessions based on family wishes and be mindful of culturally sensitive practice (NZSTA, 2012). By expanding our definition of culture and applying it to the wider factors such as socioeconomic status, religious groups, life style and food preferences we will be able to provide a culturally sensitive, holistic

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