5.4 Cultural support plans

This indicator measures the same outcome as NOOHCS Indicator 10.1 and therefore both indicators report the same numbers.

A cultural support plan is an individualised plan that aims to develop or maintain children’s cultural identity through connection to family, community and culture, while they are in care. Cultural support plans help to ensure that planning and decision making are culturally appropriate and in the best interests of the child.

A cultural support plan is usually developed between the child and the agency, in consultation with members of the cultural community (or relevant officer) and usually includes:

  • Relevant cultural information
  • Activities that maintain and support the child’s cultural identity and connection with communities and culture
  • Supports required to ensure that the child maintains his or her connections and is able to participate in activities documented in the cultural support plan.

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The figure shows the proportion of Indigenous children and young people aged 0–17 in care who have a cultural support plan, 2014 to 2020. The proportion was 71.2% for 2020.

Source: AIHW Child Protection Data Collection

See the supplementary data tables for further information and footnotes about these data.

For further information on placement of Indigenous children see The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018-19: measuring progress.

Indicator technical specifications

The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the quick reference guide.

National Framework Indicator 5.4 Cultural support plans: Proportion of Indigenous children aged 0-17 years in care who have a cultural support plan
  Definition Data source
Numerator

Number of Indigenous children aged 0-17 years who have a current documented and approved cultural support plan at 30 June

AIHW National Child Protection Data Collection
Denominator Number of Indigenous children aged 0-17 years who are required to have a current documented and approved cultural support plan at 30 June AIHW National Child Protection Data Collection

Explanatory notes

A cultural support plan is an individualised plan or support agreement that aims to develop or maintain children’s cultural identity through connection to family, community and culture, while they are in care. Cultural support plans help to ensure that planning and decision making are culturally appropriate and in the best interests of the child.

Children in ‘care’ are defined as those whose care arrangements have been ordered by the Children’s Court, where the parental responsibility for the child or young person has been transferred to the Minister/Chief Executive.