Position paper

Policy brief – cultural planning

Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat's (AbSec) position on cultural planning
Cultural awareness Cultural policy Indigenous child protection Indigenous children

Cultural planning is an integral part of case planning focused on ensuring Aboriginal children and young people maintain their connection to culture, identity, family, community and country. Effective cultural planning involves outlining the ways in which an Aboriginal child will remain connected to their culture, providing a foundation for their identity formation and contributing to life-long wellbeing. Cultural planning also contributes to the reunification and restoration of Aboriginal children and young people by maintaining and strengthening critical connections to family and community. A case plan or care order must include adequate cultural planning that actively promotes family and community connections, culture and identit y, otherwise, it does not uphold the cultural rights of the child and is not appropriate for Aboriginal children. While articulating actions.

Key Recommendations:

  • Cultural planning should actively strengthen connections with an Aboriginal child’s Aboriginal family, extended family and community, supporting identity formation and a sense of belonging. By building and maintaining key relationships with family, kin and community, effective cultural planning also contributes to stability, including restoration/reunification.
  • Cultural Care Plans and Cultural Support Plans are to be developed through Aboriginal family-led decision making processes and partner with the child (where age and developmentally appropriate) to ensure they are informed and are actively participating in the planning process. Plans are to be lead and driven by the child, family, kin and community.
  • Caseworkers are to exhaust extensive research into the child or young person’s genogram or family mapping, especially when initially placing a child and then so after. This is done to safeguard and build an inclusive network of care around the child. Relevant Aboriginal community controlled organisations are best placed to facilitate family finding and engagement efforts as part of case planning, including cultural planning,

Cultural planning includes cultural care plans and cultural support plans, which together provide comprehensive information about a child’s family and extended family, including a genogram and other cultural and community connections, which are critical to supporting and sustaining the child’s cultural rights.

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