Charter for children in out of home care - resources

A range of materials has been developed to embed the charter for children in out of home care into practice. The resources are designed to help children and young people understand their rights in care, assist staff to effectively engage with children about their rights and to assist agencies embed the charter into their policies and procedures.

Resources for children and young people

The resources developed by the CREATE Foundation for children and young people in out-of-home care include:

Video (under 12s)

A children’s animation video focusing on key elements of the charter.

Planet Right

 

 

Video (over 12s)

A video for young people to help them understand their rights and responsibilities and what to do if they feel their rights are not being upheld.

Getting it Right

 

 

Story book (under 12s)

A storybook that can be read along with the animation video to engage children in thinking and talking about their rights.

Activity book (over 12s)

An activity book for young people containing activities and ideas that link to the rights of the charter.

CREATE Entering Care Kit

A kit of age-specific charter resources for children and young people who are entering care and join clubCREATE. The kit includes information about clubCREATE and other age appropriate personal items needed when entering care.

For further information about these resources, please contact the CREATE Foundation.

Aboriginal children and young people new to out of home care

The resources developed by the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) to promote the charter to Aboriginal children and young people new to out-of-home care include:

Boy’s poster

A photo montage of Indigenous AFL players supporting the rights of children in out of home care.

Girl’s poster

Designed to appeal to girls of all ages this poster promotes the message that Jessica Mauboy, a young and very popular Indigenous performer, supports the rights of children and young people in care.

Night time storybook

The storybook is for preschool to primary school age children and it is about two young possums living with their Uncle and Aunty and their adventures when they become lost.

Rights booklet

A booklet containing each of the rights with an accompanying photograph taken by young people for young people. The aim of the booklet is to encourage young people to know their rights and to seek help if they feel their rights are not being upheld.

Game

A board game based on the storybook with all the characters being portrayed in a simple and fun game (not suitable for children under the age of 3).

Postcards

Four postcards containing images taken from the rights booklet with accompanying text and contact details of Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) who provide out of home care in Victoria.

Overnight bag

Custom designed overnight bag which contains age-specific cultural resources and personal items for children aged 5 years and under and young people aged 12 years and over.

Note: Above resources will only be circulated to Aboriginal children and young people new to care by VACCA Lakidjeka ACSASS program.

For information on other available resources for Aboriginal children and young people in out of home care, please contact VACCA:

Resources for agencies and practitioners

The following Getting It Right resources were developed in consultation with the out of home care sector to support agencies and practitioners embed the charter into practice:

Getting It Right Governance Policy and Procedure Level

This Governance level booklet is for the boards and executive management teams of agencies to assist them to think through how to embed the Charter into their policies and procedures.

Getting It Right Practice Level

This practice level booklet is for practitioners in agencies and the department to assist them to reflect on the charter and provide ideas and tools to embed these rights in their work with children and young people.

Getting It Right Practice Activity Cards

Activity Card packs containing 16 picture cards and 16 word cards are for practitioners to use to support discussion and engagement with children and young people in care about the Charter. Each pair has words and illustrations that match each right listed in the Charter for Children in Out of Home Care.

You can download the Governance Policy and Procedure Level resource and Practice Level resource as PDFs and get further information about these resources on:

Easy Read Charter - children and young people with a disability

This easy to read version of the charter can be used by practitioners to support children and young people with a disability living in out of home care to understand and learn about their rights and privileges.

They are available for download below:

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