On 7 July 2020, the NSW Government provided a formal response to the Family is Culture, Independent Review of Aboriginal Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) PDF, 830.74 KB.
The response makes a clear commitment to building a child protection system that is more responsive to the needs of Aboriginal children, families and communities.
It reasserts our commitment to working in partnership with Aboriginal communities to address the systemic recommendations made in the review.
It also shows our appreciation to the Independent Review Team, in particular Professor Megan Davis, for their expertise, time and care in completing the review.
You can find out more about how we’re responding to the Review on the Our Progress page.
In September 2016, the NSW Government commissioned an independent review into the disproportionate and increasing number of Aboriginal children and young people in OOHC in NSW.
The Independent review team examined the experiences of 1,144 Aboriginal children and young people who entered OOHC during 2015-16.
The Family is Culture Review Report speaks to the experiences of those children and young people, their families and their communities, as they navigated the NSW child protection system.
The review made 125 recommendations to the way we deliver services and over 3,000 recommendations referring to specific children and young people.
Of the 125 recommendations, 24 will be considered as part of a focused statutory review of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998, which is due to commence in 2024.
We have broadly categorised recommendations and our response into five main themes:
This theme relates to:
The Lead agencies responsible for implementing actions related to these recommendations are: