10.1 Decision-making about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Purpose

This procedure outlines the process for decision making about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, including:

  • application of the five elements of the Child Placement Principle
  • arranging an independent Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander entity for a child (known as an independent person) to help the child and family participate in making decisions that are likely to have a significant impact on the child’s life
  • arranging family-led decision making at key points to enable collaborative, family-led processes for making decisions and plans for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Key steps

  1. Enable meaningful participation in decision-making
  2. Arrange for an independent person to facilitate the child's and family's participation
  3. Refer the family for family-led decision-making

What ifs - responding to specific matters

Standards

  1. The child and family is provided with the opportunity to have an independent person help them participate in the decision-making for all ‘significant decisions’ about an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child.
  2. Child Safety, in consultation and with the consent of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child and their family, will arrange for an independent person to help the child and family’s participation in decision-making for all other decisions about the child, where requested and practicable.

Authority