20 December 2019

Family is Culture: Review report: Independent review of Aboriginal children and young people in OOHC

This review examined the high rates of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC) in New South Wales (NSW) and the implementation of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle (ACPP) in this jurisdiction. The report included a range of recommendations to address the issues found by the review. These included establishing an Aboriginal Quality Assurance Unit to ensure that recommendations made by Aboriginal staff or community members in consultative processes are tracked and implemented, and that data about the implementation of these recommendations is made publicly available. Also the report recommended that the NSW Government increase financial investment in early intervention support as a long-term investment to prevent more Aboriginal children entering the out-of-home care system, and ensure that financial investment in early intervention support is commensurate with the proportion of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care, with a preference for delivery of early intervention and prevention services by Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.