Children Australia


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


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.


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


c1 address for correspondence: Annaley Clarke, Churches of Christ Care, 41 Brookfield Road, Kenmore QLD 4069, Australia. E-mail: