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When developing a care plan for a child, the Department works collaboratively with a PSP provider. This includes:
The development of care plans includes cultural plans for Aboriginal and CALD background children, their parents and family/kin. This is mandatory.
Following making of final orders by the Children’s Court, the PSP provider is responsible for implementing those parts of the care plan within its care responsibility.
Cultural care and support planning ensures Aboriginal children’s cultural rights, identity, language and cultural ties are preserved, safeguarded and promoted. Planning, endorsement and implementation of these plans is supported by an ACCO or other locally governed Aboriginal community group*, as the cultural expert in their community.
Cultural care planning for an Aboriginal child is consistent with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principles, including that:
A child’s cultural care and support plans:
Also see cultural planning.
(*Some local districts refer to local Aboriginal Consultation Advisory Panels (ACAP) - see DCJ Aboriginal Consultation Guide.)
19 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.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.