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Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Support in Out-of-Home Care

  • Samantha Hutt (a1) and Annaley Clarke (a1)
Abstract

Due to the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the out-of-home care system many children will not always be cared for in a culturally appropriate placement. Therefore, cultural support planning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people must be a high priority for all staff, carers and volunteers of out-of-home care services. Six themes have been identified as assisting in the provision of cultural support planning within placements. Each theme has a detailed list of resources that can be accessed for children and young people, carers and professionals.

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address for correspondence: Annaley Clarke, Churches of Christ Care, 41 Brookfield Road, Kenmore QLD 4069, Australia. E-mail: annaley.clarke@cofcqld.com.au
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Children Australia
  • ISSN: 1035-0772
  • EISSN: 2049-7776
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