Children Australia

Commentary

Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Support in Out-of-Home Care

Samantha Hutta1 and Annaley Clarkea1 c1

a1 Pathways, Churches of Christ Care, Brisbane, Australia

Abstract

Due to the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the out-of-home care system many children will not always be cared for in a culturally appropriate placement. Therefore, cultural support planning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people must be a high priority for all staff, carers and volunteers of out-of-home care services. Six themes have been identified as assisting in the provision of cultural support planning within placements. Each theme has a detailed list of resources that can be accessed for children and young people, carers and professionals.

Keywords:

  • child protection;
  • intervention;
  • out-of-home care

Correspondence:

c1 address for correspondence: Annaley Clarke, Churches of Christ Care, 41 Brookfield Road, Kenmore QLD 4069, Australia. E-mail: annaley.clarke@cofcqld.com.au