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The Aboriginal Case Management Policy and associated Rules and Practice Guidance: Strengthening Aboriginal families, delivering outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people is an operational framework for all practitioners working with Aboriginal children, young people and families across the continuum of support in NSW, providing guidance to practitioners regarding core case management practices. It provides a framework for Aboriginal-led and culturally embedded case management practice to safeguard the best interests of Aboriginal children and young people.
The objective of the Aboriginal Case Management Policy is to:
Promote an integrated case management approach that is tailored to the needs of Aboriginal children and families, that commences early in the continuum of support and that empowers and supports families and communities to reduce the incidence of harm, addressing identified risks and thereby supporting Aboriginal children and young people to thrive.
The Aboriginal Case Management Policy and upcoming associated Rules and Practice Guidance aims to:
The Aboriginal Case Management Policy sits alongside the Permanency Case Management Policy, and provides specialised guidance on achieving safety, stability and cultural continuity for Aboriginal children and young people across early intervention and prevention supports, child protection services and the Permanency Support Program.
This policy takes effect from 19 October 2018 and provides a distinct case management policy alongside the Permanency Case Management Policy.
This policy applies to:
Aboriginal case management supports Aboriginal families and communities to overcome key barriers and obstacles including poverty, intergenerational trauma, disadvantage and marginalisation that negatively impact on the development of Aboriginal children and young people.
It builds a supportive network of family, kin and community around Aboriginal children and young people, and provides a clear platform for Aboriginal families and communities to make decisions that impact on Aboriginal children within a culturally embedded framework.
Aboriginal case management upholds the rights of Aboriginal communities to determine the systems and supports that impact on their lives, and to make decisions about the safety, welfare and wellbeing of their children, families and communities. Aboriginal case management translates the Aboriginal Child Placement Principles, including the principles of prevention, partnership, placement, participation and connection, into everyday practice.
Aboriginal children and young people are:
Aboriginal families and communities are:
DCJ engaged AbSec to write the Aboriginal Case Management Policy, incorporating the voices of Aboriginal people. The policy was informed by the views of Aboriginal people, agencies and communities through a statewide consultation process conducted by AbSec.
Printable version of the Aboriginal Case Management Policy (PDF, 828.0 KB)
13 Feb 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
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