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Placing Children in Care

A child must be placed in care that best meets a child’s needs and is culturally appropriate.

Child Safety must first consider:

• placing the child with family members or;
• other individuals who have a significant relationship with the child/ren. grandad and child

To become a ‘Kinship Carer’ for the child, the family member(s) or significant other(s) must first apply to Child Safety.)

csoThis involves thorough checking of the person’s background including a criminal history review.

Apply early as these processes can take time.


Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Children aborigine child

Under the Child Protection Act, the general principle is that ATSI children should be cared for within the ATSI community.

atsi repA recognised Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander representative must also be involved in any decision making process where it is a significant decision in a child’s life, except in an emergency (and then an ATSI representative must be consulted as soon as practicable afterwards).

NOTE: If the child is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child, Child Safety must first consider the following before placing the child into care:

• The child’s relationship with parents, siblings and other people of significance under Aboriginal tradition or Island custom is maintained. atsi grandparents

• An order of priority of where the child should be placed:

1. Member of the child’s family oratsi child placement

2. Member of the child’s community or language group, or

family3. Another Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander who is compatible with the child’s community or language group, or

4. Another Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander.grannie and child

children and blocks• Where a child cannot be placed according to the above hierarchy then consideration must be given to placing the child with a person who lives near the child’s family, community or language group.

• If the child is placed with a non-indigenous carer, Child Safety must assess the carer’s commitment to facilitating contact between the child and their family; maintaining their contact with their community and culture; and preserving the child’s sense of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity.storyteller


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