This resource is primarily designed to support a holistic understanding of the five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP) and promote the processes, strategies and practices required to progress its implementation.
- The ATSICPP aims to ensure an understanding that culture underpins and is integral to safety and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and is embedded in policy and practice.
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children have a right to grow up with a communal sense of belonging, a stable sense of identity, to know where they are from, and their place in relation to family, mob, community, land and culture.
- Legislation needs to recognise active efforts need to be made to identify all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children who come into contact with a child protection agency, and respect a child’s right to enjoy culture with community.
This resource provides a range of promising policies and practices, reflective activities, and links to tools and resources supporting processes of professional reflection and development aimed at implementing the ATSICPP. It is important to note that there are thousands of unique and distinct Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, cultural and language groups, clans, families and kinship networks in Australia. Because of the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities there is no one size fits all approach to implementation of the ATSICPP in child and family service practice.