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Child placement principle

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle is a legislative responsibility outlined in the Child Protection Act 1999 . The five core elements of the principle – prevention, partnership, connection, placement and participation - guide the placement decisions and actions taken for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children.

The elements are based on an identified need to advocate strongly for the best interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and are integrated into legislation and policy across Australia (Arney et al, 2015). Inclusion of the principle into decision-making processes aims to enrich and preserve the connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have to their family and community as well as enhance their sense of identity and culture (Arney et al, 2015).

Further reading

For further information about how the Child placement principle is used in practice, please read the following article by Arney et al (2015) Enhancing the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle

Further reading

To read more on the child placement principle, refer to the practice kit Safe care and connection.

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