Source: (2001) Reclaiming Children and Youth. 10(3): 153-157.

Cultural safety has its current origins among the Maori peoples of New Zealand. The reader is encouraged to consider how rituals of encounter that promote cultural safety might enhance the cultural competence of workers and improve the quality of services offered in a variety of settings. Family group conferences also support active family participation in the care and control of children while empowering family decision making and promoting safe practices.