The following report documents the growing up stories provided by people in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area during the trial phase of the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. The trial is designed to assist the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) develop a national ‘Footprints in Time’ Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children.
‘Footprints in Time’ is the name FaCSIA has given to the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. The study will work in partnership with a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families all over the country, to collect information on the things that impact on Indigenous children’s lives, and the things that help them to grow up strong. There will be two groups of children in the study—babies under one year, and children aged 4 to 5 years. ‘Longitudinal’ means the study will go back to these same children over a long period of time to see how they develop and grow. To get the big picture, families and carers of Indigenous children living in remote and very remote areas, in regional (country) areas, and in urban (city) areas will be asked to participate.