Background

The ATSICPP was developed to:

  • ensure that the value of culture to the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is embedded in policy and practice;
  • recognise and protect the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, family and communities in child welfare matters;
  • increase the level of self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in child welfare matters;
  • reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection systems (SNAICC 2017).

In accordance with the ATSICPP, all state, territory and federal governments have recognised the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to be raised in their own culture and the importance of these children maintaining connections to their family, community and culture (DSS 2018). The ATSICPP is comprised of 5 core elements as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: The 5 core elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP)

The diagram is an illustration of the 5 core elements of the ATSICPP (Prevention, Partnership, Placement, Participation and Connection), with a representative icon and a short description of each element.

Source: SNAICC (2017). Reproduced with permission.

This report brings together the latest state and territory data on 5 indicators that measure the application of the Placement and Connection elements of the ATSICPP. Indicators relating to the remaining 3 elements of the ATSICPP (Prevention, Partnership and Participation) are planned for reporting in future through data development.

The 5 elements of the ATSICPP are all equally important in the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle. In interpreting the data contained within this report, it is critical to understand the complex interdependencies between the 5 elements. For example, the placement of children in accordance with the established ATSICPP hierarchy is supported and enabled through the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in child protection decision-making; so that they are involved in the identification of culturally connected placements.

References

DSS (Department of Social Services) 2018. Department of Social Services National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children – Fourth Three Year Action Plan 2018–2020. Canberra: DSS.

SNAICC – National Voice for our Children 2017. Understanding and applying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: a resource for legislation, policy, and program development. Melbourne: SNAICC.