Date: 1 Mar 2013
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP) is the cornerstone of Australian law and policy acknowledging the importance of family, cultural and community connections to the identity and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who come into contact with the statutory child protection system. SNAICC remains concerned that implementation of the ATSICPP remains grossly inadequate to promote and respect the rights of our children to family and cultural connection.
The Principle has been enacted to varying extents within the legislation of every Australian state and territory. It has come to be understood as having three distinct, but interrelated elements:
The principle is based strongly on the presumptions that removal of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child from her family should be an intervention of last resort, and that reunification of a child that has been removed must be a high priority.
SNAICC is undertaking work currently to bring clarity to the definition of the ATSICPP and the detailed measures necessary for its full implementation. SNAICC is considering particularly the existing measures to support and monitor compliance and ensure accountability for governments and decision-makers charged with implementing the Principle. SNAICC is working towards the development of a national strategy and specific actions to promote the full implementation of the Principle.
For more information on SNAICC’s work promoting implementation of the ATSICPP, contact:
John Burton: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a QLD DOCS worker I ensure that every child I work has their situation negotiated both with family anf the community where possible through inclusion of the Recognised Entity. As both an approved kin carer and a DOCS case worker i am disgusted that i do not receive the same courtesy from a NSW DOCS office who have blatantly breached their Act on at least 5 occassions in a period spanning 6 months.
25 May, 2012 | Posted By Cindy Hayes