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Who should participate in the development of the cultural support plan?

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child’s cultural support plan is developed in partnership with:

  • the child (where age appropriate)
  • the family
  • a child safety officer (CSO)
  • a cultural practice advisor (CPA)
  • an independent person
  • a representative from a Family Participation Program or convenor from a Collaborative Family Decision Making program (when involved in a family-led decision making process)
  • workers from relevant local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agencies
  • significant Elders and community members
  • the child’s carer
  • relevant members of the child’s safety and support network
  • any other individuals who have been identified as significant in the child’s life.

Each of these individuals provides important information about the child and their family, community and culture, which must be captured in the cultural support plan.

An independent person and the Family Participation Program may be involved with the child and family—to facilitate their meaningful participation in the case planning process and in the development or review of the cultural support plan.

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