Newly release report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the welfare system

November 24, 2020

Have you read Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) newly released report? 

This report developed by the AIHW brings together the latest state and territory data on 5 key indicators that measure and track how Australia is going in reducing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.  

These key indicators are called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP). It’s a framework designed to promote policy and practice that will reduce the amount of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children cycling through the child protection system. 

One comment on the report so far has come from Richard Weston, CEO and Co-Chair of the Family Matter campaign. He expressed deep concern about the increasing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care being placed away from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and carers.

These statistics include our children, and it’s important we know about this data. 

Some highlights from the report: 

  • 63% of Indigenous children in out-of-home care were living with family or Indigenous caregivers
  • 77% of Indigenous children in out-of-home care had current, documented and approved cultural support plans
  • 19% of Indigenous children in out-of-home care during 2018–19 were reunified with family
  • 82% of Indigenous children reunified during 2017–18 did not return to out-of-home care in the following 12 months.

Click here to read the report.

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