Commission for Children and Young People Report - Aboriginal children in out-of-home care
Today the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) tabled a report that examines the circumstances of about 1000 Aboriginal children and young people in Victoria’s out-of-home-care system.
The Always was, always will be Koori children report (PDF) is the result of nearly three years of work by the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, the Department of Health and Human Services and Taskforce 1000 members.
The report makes 79 recommendations aimed at improving the circumstances and cultural connection of Koori children and young people who are unable to live with their families – and at intervening earlier to better help families.
Of the report’s recommendations that relate to the Department of Health and Human Services, all have been accepted in full, in principle or in part – with some of the recommendations already in progress or completed.
Cultural safety and maintaining connection to culture is essential for all Aboriginal children and young people and particularly so for Aboriginal children and young people who enter out-of-home care.
Aboriginal children are over-represented in out-of-home care and the Victorian Government is taking action on this in a multi-faceted way, including through its $168 million Roadmap for Reform, which has a stronger focus on early intervention and prevention.