- Inquiries such as RCIADIC (1989) and Bringing Them Home (1995) highlighted that Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children have a need for, and a right to know of their own families and culture and that denial of this can have tragic consequences.
- The separation of children from their families over many generations has left a legacy of grief, sadness and loss of identity and culture for many Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.
- The current legislation (RE included) places responsibility on Government to ensure that children who are removed from their families maintain links with their family, community, culture and language.
The Role of RE
- To be involved in all decision making processes from the initial contact of a child with the child protection system until they exit the child protection system.
- To advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who have entered the child protection system.
- To educate Child Safety around culturally appropriate practices for indigenous children.
- To educate community about the roles and functions of the RE.
- To help facilitate good communication between Child Safety and families.
Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Ltd (QATSICPP)
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
Bringing them Home Report (1997)
Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Child Placement Principle