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Developing leaving care or future plans can coincide with exploring connections and reconnections with family, community and culture. When kids are strong in their culture, they tend to have higher self-esteem, more confidence and greater expectations of what they can achieve.
Engaging with other members of their community through activities, language, religion and other cultural actions can be meaningful for young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural backgrounds. Nurturing pride and cultural identity in children and young people should be encouraged and supported. Help them to enjoy their own culture and practice traditions and languages other than English.
Cultural support planning is essential to ongoing case management and case plans, and leaving care planning. It is mandatory for any caseworker as part of case planning for children and young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural backgrounds. This is because we want to children and young people to preserve their cultural identity as well as their connection to culture and family.
19 Dec 2022
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.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.