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Western Australia - Glossary Term

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles (1985 - )

From
1985
Categories
Type of 'care'
Alternative Names
  • Aboriginal Child Placement Principles (previously known as, 1985 - 2004)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles guide the placement of Aboriginal children who cannot live at home with their parents.

Details

Aboriginal Child Placement Principles (ACPP) were established to guide the practice of child protection services in Western Australia.

They aim to strengthen Aboriginal children's connections with their family, community and cultural identity particularly in response to previous detrimental policies and to enhance the involvement of Aboriginal people in the placement of Aboriginal children.

The ACPP were ratified by the Department for Community Services in October 1985. From that time, Aboriginal children in Western Australia could not be placed with non-Aboriginal carers without the approval of the Director General.

The Children and Community Services Act 2004 WA enshrined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles in legislation.

Related Glossary Terms

  • Stolen Generations

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles are a modern response to the 'Stolen Generations' policy of removing children from their families and placing them in institutions, which has had a long term impact in Western Australia. This been seen as an ongoing factor in the disproportionately high number of Aboriginal children being placed in out of home care in this State, long after the official policies ended.

Related Legislation

Related Organisations

Publications

Reports

  • Annual Report of the Department for Community Services for the Year Ended 30 June 1986, Annual Report: Department for Community Services, Western Australia, Western Australia. Department for Community Services, Dept. for Community Services, W.A., [Perth], 1985-1992. Details
  • Western Australia. Department for Community Services, Annual Report: Department for Community Services, Western Australia, Government of Western Australia, [Perth], 1985-1992. 1986. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Children and Community Services Act 2004 (WA)', 2004, http://www.slp.wa.gov.au/legislation/statutes.nsf/main_mrtitle_2304_homepage.html; Western Australia. Department for Community Services, Annual Report: Department for Community Services, Western Australia, Government of Western Australia, [Perth], 1985-1992. 1986..

Prepared by: Debra Rosser