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Family is Culture

In September 2016, the former Minister for Family and Community Services in NSW announced an Independent Review of Aboriginal Children and Young People in Out of Home Care (OOHC). This followed concerns raised in the Our Kids, Our Way: Hearing the Voice of Aboriginal People forum about the high numbers of Aboriginal children and young people in out of home care. The Review is examining the reasons for the disproportionate and increasing number of Aboriginal children and young people in OOHC in NSW.

The Review will look at systems, policies and practices as well as the involvement of children, family, community, service sector and carers in decision-making for Aboriginal children and young people in OOHC.

It also involves a review of the individual circumstances of 1153 Aboriginal children and young people who entered OOHC in NSW between 1July 2015 and 30 June 2016.

The aim of the Review is to identify the reasons for the high numbers of Aboriginal children and young people in OOHC in NSW and offer strategies to:

  • Reduce the number of Aboriginal children and young people entering OOHC
  • Increase restoration and permanency outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people in OOHC
  • Improve connections to family, culture and community for Aboriginal children and young people in OOHC

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Read the independent report into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People in out-of-home care in NSW

Professor Megan Davis Chairperson

Megan Davis is a Cobble Cobble Aboriginal woman from the Barrungam nation in South-West Queensland, who has lived in Sydney since 2001.

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