The goal of cultural safety is for all people to feel respected and safe when they interact with health care services. Culturally safe health care services are free of racism and discrimination. People are supported to draw strengths from their identity, culture and community. This concept is relevant for your work with all families and children.
To learn about cultural safety:
- Ball, J. (2008). Cultural safety in practice with children, families and communities.
- Gerlach, A. J. (2012). A critical reflection on the concept of cultural safety. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79, 151-158. doi: 10.2182/cjot.2012.79.3.4
- Gerlach, A. J. (2018). Exploring socially-responsive approaches to children’s rehabilitation with Indigenous communities, families, and children National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health. Prince George, BC.
- Health Council of Canada. (2012). Empathy, dignity, and respect: Creating cultural safety for Aboriginal people in urban health care.