Aboriginal Child Placement Principle Guide 2002

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The Aboriginal Child Placement Principle Guide wasFish drawing developed from issues highlighted in consultations undertaken by the Department of Human Services to review the operation of the 1992 Protocol between the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) and the Child Protection Program within the Department of Human Services.

The Children Youth and Families Act 2005 includes the Aboriginal Child Placement Principles and this guide is useful to learn more about that principle.

The Principle, accepted and endorsed by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), defines the process of ensuring that, Aboriginal community representatives are consulted and involved in the decision making regarding the care arrangements for Aboriginal children and young people. Specific attention is paid to Aboriginal children and young people, who are separated from their family.The Aboriginal Child Placement Principle also supports the importance of increased and ongoing involvement and control by Aboriginal people in Aboriginal child and family welfare and child protection matters.

This Guide has been designed to sit alongside the Protocol between the Department of Human Services' Child Protection Service and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency 2002, to assist workers in Child Protection, the Aboriginal Child Specialist Advise and Support Services (ACSASS), and Placement Services to ensure that Aboriginal children and young people who need to be placed out of home remain connected to their family, community and culture.

ADDENDUM: Figures on pages 9 & 10 have been updated according to 2002 AIHW data.

This is a guide to assist workers in Child Protection and Placement Services to provide a culturally appropriate and effective response to Aboriginal children and young people who need to be placed out of home.

Key issues raised in this guide are:

  • What is the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle?
  • Why do we need an Aboriginal Child Placement Principle?
  • What is the definition of an Aboriginal child for the purposes of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle?
  • Does the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle take away parents rights regarding their own children?
  • Can a parent request that their Aboriginal child be placed outside the Principle?
  • When placing an Aboriginal child who should be consulted?
  • Who will measure compliance with the standards set out in the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle?
  • How will the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle affect my day-to-day practice when working with Aboriginal children, young people and families?
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