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What is the Child Placement Principle?

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle aims to keep children connected to their families, communities, cultures and country and to ensure the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in decisions about their children’s care and protection.

The Principle was established in order to recognise the importance of safe care within family and culture to the best interests of children, as well as to ensure that the actions that resulted in the Stolen Generations are not repeated. Its components include both prevention of entry into out-of-home care and reunification to ensure culturally connected placements and to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to participate in child protection decision-making.

The Principle centres on five core elements: Prevention, Partnership, Participation, Placement and Connection:

A Guide to Support Implementation

Our resource, The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: A Guide to Support Implementation, aims to support a holistic understanding and the full and uniform implementation of the Principle across the country.

The guide is designed to support practitioners and policy makers in the children and family sectors from all jurisdictions to develop strategies to improve their implementation of the Principle. Its content is strongly influenced by the expert knowledge and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agencies and leaders in the sector who provided their input to its drafting.

A Guide to Support Implementation provides information on best practice and examples from across the country of promising approaches to implementing each of the five elements and has a section on identifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, with timely identification a pre-requisite to applying the Principle.
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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: A guide to support implementation aims to keep children connected to their families, communities, cultures and country, and to ensure the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in decisions about their children’s care and protection. It centres on five elements: prevention, partnership, participation, placement and connection.

Resources

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Discussion Paper: Embedding the full intent of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle in Legislation

May 2022

Discussion Paper on the full-scale incorporation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle into Australian legislation.

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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: Guide to Support Implementation

December 2018

A resource for supporting a holistic understanding of the five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle and to promote the processes required for implementation.

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Western Australia: Baseline Analysis of Best Practice Implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle

April 2018

Baseline analysis of progress of Western Australia in implementing the full intent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

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New South Wales: Baseline Analysis of Best Practice Implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle

April 2018

Baseline analysis of progress of New South Wales in implementing the full intent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

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Northern Territory: Baseline Analysis of Best Practice Implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle

April 2018

Baseline analysis of progress of Northern Territory in implementing the full intent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

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Queensland: Baseline Analysis of Best Practice Implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle

April 2018

Baseline analysis of progress of QLD in implementing the full intent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

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South Australia: Baseline Analysis of Best Practice Implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle

April 2018

Baseline analysis of progress of South Australia in implementing the full intent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

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Tasmania: Baseline Analysis of Best Practice Implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle

April 2018

Baseline analysis of progress of Tasmania in implementing the full intent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

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Victoria: Baseline Analysis of Best Practice Implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle

April 2018

Baseline analysis of progress of Victoria in implementing the full intent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

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Report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family-Led Decision-Making Trials, Queensland January 2016 to June 2017

September 2017

Report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family-led Decision Making Trials in Queensland from January 2016 to June 2017.

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Understanding and Applying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle

June 2017

A resource for legislation, policy and program development on applying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: Aims and Core Elements

June 2013

Report responding to the misunderstanding about - and partial application of - the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle and proposes needed structural changes.

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