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Children’s Guardian releases response to Family is Culture report

28 July 2020

The Office of the Children’s Guardian has released its response to the Family is Culture report as it prepares to review the standards for out-of-home care services in NSW, Child Safe Standards for Permanent Care.

The Office of the Children’s Guardian has taken the time necessary to consider the detailed findings and recommendations of the Family is Culture Independent Review into Aboriginal OOHC in NSW. The review's final report provides important insights into how the child protection and out-of-home care system can better meet the needs of Aboriginal children and young people.

Response to the Family is Culture independent review into Aboriginal out-of-home care in NSW (PDF 244.7KB)

NSW Children’s Guardian, Janet Schorer, highlighted the importance of the Family is Culture review.

‘Led by Aboriginal people, it provides for the first time an independent, systematic and comprehensive review of the experiences of Aboriginal children and young people in the NSW child protection system,’ Ms Schorer said.

Work to implement the recommendations from the review has already begun. The response considered how the review’s recommendations will be incorporated into the upcoming review of the NSW Child Safe Standards for Permanent Care.

Beginning in August 2020, the review of the standards will focus on practices that promote the safety, welfare and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people in care.

‘We want to be sure that our regulatory approach allows for a strong Aboriginal out-of-home care sector to grow to meet the needs of Aboriginal children and young people,’ Ms Schorer said.

The review of the standards will also implement recommendations arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, specifically the 10 Child Safe Standards.

More information on the review of the NSW Child Safe Standards for Permanent Care