SNAICC has completed its annual comprehensive review of the progress of all states and territories in implementing the full intent of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP).
The compliance reviews highlight that there has been significant work undertaken in states and territories to strengthen adherence with the five elements of the Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP), but that overall implementation remains poor and limited. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continue to be separated from family and culture at alarming rates, and there are a lack of comprehensive approaches to involving children, families and communities in decisions and services related to the care and protection of children. There are many areas identified in the review where reform and action are urgently needed to ensure full and holistic implementation.
These reviews were developed with input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations and state and territory governments. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Working Group for the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children has guided the development of the reviews.
The documents consider changes in implementation of the five elements of the ATSICPP – prevention, partnership, placement, participation and connection – across five interrelated systems elements (legislation, policy, programs, processes and practice), since the comprehensive baseline analysis SNAICC released in April 2018.
SNAICC will continue to undertake reviews annually to measure progress towards enhanced implementation of the ATSICPP and to encourage and support vital reforms.
The following is a list of seven state and territory compliance reviews as PDF downloads:
The Queensland compliance review is in the final stages of completion and will be released shortly.