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QATSICPP Launches the Position Statement for Aboriginal Kinship Care
On the 7th of March 2018, QATSICPP launched their Position Statement for Aboriginal Kinship Care at the 2018 Members Conference.
The purpose of the Position Statement is to restate the importance of Aboriginal children and young people being raised by family in community and to set out the changes needed in legislation, policy, programs, processes and practice to realise a new approach to Aboriginal Kinship Care in Queensland.
It is important to note that the customary child rearing practices of Torres Strait Islander children and young people are not discussed as neither of the authors identified as Torres Strait Islander.
The paper draws upon the format of Understanding and Applying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: A resource for legislation, policy and program development (SNAICC, 2017) which provides the definition and the aims of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.
Stability for Aboriginal children and families exists in relationships and connections to community, culture and country and therefore the position statement highlights the importance of family being involved in decision making; having Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations involved in the mapping, identification and support to kin carers and the need for enabling legislation and policy frameworks to ensure that this occurs.
Core to this paper is the importance of Self-determination and the implementation of all five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.
The response to date has been extremely positive with jurisdictions from across Australia seeking assistance in developing a similar position statement.
A thank-you to Tracey Smith form Griffith University School of Human Services and Social Work for her assistance in developing this Position Statement.
If you would like to view the QATSICPP Aboriginal Kinship Care Position Statement, this can be located on our QATSICPP Website HERE