10.1 Cultural support plans

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.

For all indicator displays, where all years of data are comparable over time an ‘All’ category will be provided as an option in the ‘Year’ drop down display. If only a selection of specific years are comparable, these years (e.g. 2017 to 2019) will be provided as an option under ‘Year’ and ‘All’ will not be an option. See the footnotes for this indicator in the supplementary tables hyperlink below for further information.

See the supplementary table for this indicator for further information and footnotes about these data.

Indicator technical specifications

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

National Standards Indicator 10.1 Cultural support plans: Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people who have a current 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.

See the supplementary table for this indicator for further information and footnotes about these data.