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Transitioning Aboriginal Children to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations

Transitioning Aboriginal Children to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) is a new program for Aboriginal children and young people involved with out-of-home care (OoHC) and child protection.

A Transitioning Aboriginal Children Team has been established to support the gradual transfer of case management and care of all Aboriginal children and young people subject to child protection orders and/or placed in OoHC, from the department and non-Aboriginal organisations to ACCOs.

The team will work closely with departmental divisions, ACCOs, Community Sector Organisations (CSOs) and Aboriginal families to ensure a transparent and sustainable state-wide framework to support the transition is developed and delivered. It is the intention of the department that the transition will be managed in accordance with the best interests of each child and the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle.

his transition of case management and funding to ACCOs is an important step in achieving self-determination for Aboriginal communities and will provide better outcomes for vulnerable Aboriginal children and young people, by engaging culturally safe and connected supports. The first transitions commenced in August 2017.

More information:

CSOs and ACCOs are encouraged to speak with their Local Connections Team or contact the Transitioning Aboriginal Children’s Team <transitioningaboriginalchildrensteam@dhhs.vic.gov.au.>