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Approaches to reunification

A family is a complicated system impacted upon and influenced by many different factors. These factors are not static and any approach to reunification must reflect the dynamics and identified needs of each individual in the context of risk, contact and safety for the child, as described above.

Reunification is a hard area of practice. Three models are presented below which help to shape practice and advocate for a holistic and comprehensive approach to reunification. Two of the models have been developed in Queensland and provide a clear link between the application of the Framework for Practice and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle to decision making. The third model is based in the UK context, and offers ideas and strategies that can be considered and applied to consolidate the process of reunifying a child safely to the care of their parents.

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