Rules and Practice Guidance
Includes detail about Aboriginal case management, legal matters, roles, responsibilities and more.
Roles of key stakeholders
Aboriginal children and families as key decision makers
Aboriginal children and families drive key decisions and establish action plans to address risks, providing a culturally enriched developmental context for children to grow and thrive.
Aboriginal Community Controlled Mechanism
Provide oversight and a key point of interaction between the statutory child protection system and Aboriginal families and communities, including endorsement of case plans, oversight of Aboriginal Family-led Decision Making processes and other key processes. They are established by Aboriginal communities through their own governance processes.
Aboriginal Community Facilitator
Facilitate Aboriginal Family-led Decision Making processes, supporting families to feel safe, equipping them with key information and advice and empowering them to determine their own goals, priorities and action plans to address risks and provide safe and culturally enriched care for Aboriginal children and young people.
Advocate on behalf of Aboriginal children and families promoting full enjoyment of their rights and active participation in all processes and decisions that affect them across the continuum of support.
Accredited Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation
An Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation that is accredited by the Office of the Children’s Guardian to provide out-of-home care services to children and young people in NSW, including cultural planning and implementation.
Recognised Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation
A relevant Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation that has been identified by AbSec as a suitable organisation to support and oversee cultural planning and implementation for Aboriginal children and young people in statutory care.
Commissioning and Planning (C&P)
Improve service system capacity and capability to provide children, their parents and families/kin with quality services. They collect data in relation to performance of the Packaged Care Service Model.
Work closely with funded service providers and other service providers to implement contractual arrangements and develop their capacity to deliver permanency support services to children, their parents and families/kin.
Aboriginal Permanency Coordinators
Have extensive knowledge about services provided locally in the service system. They act as a link between DCJ and funded service providers and other service providers, providing advice about service packages to achieve the permanency case plan goal. Aboriginal Permanency Coordinators are not assessors or decision makers and do not provide specialist practice advice. They are Permanency Support Program experts and provide advice and support to all stakeholders under the program. They oversight the minimum review periods under the Permanency Support Program between DCJ and funded service providers.
Child and Family District Units (CFDU)
In each DCJ district, acts as the key interface between funded service providers and other service providers and DCJ in relation to children by:
CFDUs provide advice to funded service providers and other service providers regarding:
CFDUs are also the point of contact for funded service providers and other service providers where there has been a significant change in relevant circumstances for the child, their parents and family/kin that requires review. They liaise with district C&P teams (including Contract Managers), Permanency Coordinators and local CSC casework teams when contacted by services providers about:
CFDUs liaise directly with the Aboriginal Community Controlled Mechanism to notify:
DCJ CSC casework teams
Work collaboratively with service providers, Aboriginal Community Controlled Mechanisms when: