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“We need to ensure that our families and communities are being involved in every decision relating to the safety and wellbeing of their children in the child protection system. We need our families to be able to say who they would like to be involved and be at the forefront of decision making”.

Candice Butler, (2018) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Self-determination in Child Protection Webinar

This part will help you:

  • understand the importance of encouraging and supporting the participation of children and family members in significant decisions and the decision making process
  • understand the role and functions of the independent person
  • understand and engage in a family led decision making process
  • work with the Family Participation Program to support and promote self-determination and participation of families in planning and decision making

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