Guide

Understanding and applying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child placement principle

A resource for legislation, policy, and program development
Publisher
Child protection Child welfare Indigenous child protection Indigenous children Australia
Description

This resource provides a description of the definition of the five core elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP).

It is the first in a series of resources being produced by SNAICC – National Voice for our Children to support enhanced implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP) in line with its intent to keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safely connected to their families, communities and cultures. The resource is designed primarily for professionals engaged in legislation, policy and program design.

It was founded on an intent of systemic change to counter embedded racism that caused the Stolen Generations by explicitly recognising the value of culture and the vital role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities to participate in decisions about the safety and wellbeing of children.

Key Findings:

  • Each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child has the right to be brought up within their own family and community.
  • The participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community representatives, external to the statutory agency, is required in all child protection decision-making.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, parents and family members are entitled to participate in all child protection decisions affecting them, including intervention, placement and care, and judicial decisions.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care need to be supported to maintain connections to their family, community, culture and country, especially children placed with non-Indigenous carers.

 

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