Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles guide the placement of Aboriginal children who cannot live at home with their parents.
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.
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
Created: 24 October 2011, Last modified: 29 October 2013