Three-year plan to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children, families and communities
Framework builds on current out-of-home care reforms
The Liberal National Government's Aboriginal Services and Practice Framework 2016-2018 was launched today by Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell.
The framework is a three-year guide to improving outcomes for Aboriginal children, families and communities who come into contact with the child protection system.
Ms Mitchell said the increasing number of Aboriginal children entering out-of-home care necessitated a strong, focused and culturally responsive approach to improving the delivery of services, and ultimately outcomes for Aboriginal children and families.
"We have worked with a range of stakeholders, including the Aboriginal community to identify the foundation elements, guiding principles and priority areas for change that will assist in achieving this vision," she said.
The framework identifies four priority areas, including capacity building, community engagement, practice development and people development.
"These areas build on and inform current Department for Child Protection and Family Support reforms in out-of-home care and the Earlier Intervention and Family Support strategy," the Minister said.
"Today's launch further demonstrates the department's commitment to improving outcomes for Aboriginal children, families and communities.
"With an Aboriginal staffing profile of nearly nine per cent, the department has one of the highest levels of Aboriginal employees in the Western Australian public sector."
Staffing includes a dedicated Aboriginal Engagement and Coordination directorate, and one or more Aboriginal practice leaders in every district across the State providing high-level cultural advice and practice guidance on individual cases.
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