Review of Placement Prevention and Reunification Services for Aboriginal Children and Families
We’re seeking your help:
- To stop Aboriginal children and young people from going into care
- To improve the way Aboriginal children and young people in care can be reconnected to their families
This project has a strong focus on grassroots consultation, including face to face interviews, regional forums, an online survey and telephone interviews, and we are seeking participation from as many individuals, families and organisations as possible.
Complete the online survey [closed April 2016]
A range of surveys were open for completion by key stakeholders, including children and young people, families, community members and individuals, ACCOs, CSOs and Divisional DHHS (providing Placement Prevention and/or Reunification Services for Aboriginal families and children) and the broader sector.
These surveys are now closed. Verso thanks all who took the time to complete these surveys.
Have your say at our forums [completed February 2016]
Forums were held across Victoria in February 2016 to gather the insights of family carers, kinship carers, health services, community service organisations and other organisations involved in placement prevention and reunification services.
Verso thanks all who took the time to participate in these forums.
It is well documented that Aboriginal children are significantly over-represented in the Victorian child protection system: “from June 2013 to June 2014, the number of Aboriginal children in care increased by 16 per cent. A similar increase was seen between 2014 and 2015. The average placement rate for Aboriginal children in care in Victoria is 62.7 per thousand, which greatly exceeds the placement rate of 5.1 per thousand for non-Aboriginal children.” (Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, December 2015). It has been suggested that the numbers of Victorian Aboriginal children living away from their family are now greater than the numbers of the original Stolen Generations in this state.
This persistent trend is of great concern to Aboriginal leaders, community service organisations and the Victorian Government, in conjunction with data that suggests that (nationally) in excess of 30% of Aboriginal children and young people are not in preferred placements as described in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.
This project is clearly focused on “placement prevention and reunification strategies for Aboriginal children, young people and their families who are at risk of entering the out-of-home-care system; and Aboriginal children and young people in care who are able to be safely reunified with their family with the right supports” with the ultimate aim of reducing the number of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home-care.
In order to the achieve the project purpose, the following activities will be undertaken:
- Assess the effectiveness of current approaches to placement prevention and reunification for Aboriginal children and young people (both specifically funded programs and the role of the broader system)
- Recommend system improvements (including development of Aboriginal Reunification Guidelines for Victoria)
- Develop an Implementation Plan to improve the effectiveness of the placement prevention and reunification system for Aboriginal children and young people
For more information
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jodie McNair on 1800 983 776.
If you wish to speak with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services about the review, please contact Kath Ward on (03) 9096 5724 or email email@example.com