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Care and Cultural Planning

Information about the redesign of the Care Plan for children and young people in statutory out-of-home care

The Redesigned Care Plan

From Monday 9 January 2017, the redesigned Care Plan will replace the current Care Plan template when seeking orders from the Children’s Court. The Cultural Plans within the redesigned template will also be mandatory from this date, ensuring the cultural needs of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse children and young people are met.

The Redesigned Care Plan is broken down into the following sections:

Summary page:

  • Acts as a cover page for the entire Care Plan.
  • Is a requirement of the President of the Children’s Court.

Family details:

  • Includes key information on the child’s identity, their family and other relationships.

Family history:

  • Has key information about the child and their family relevant to the care proceedings.
  • Also includes the history, development and experience of the child, their relationship with parents and family.

Legal status and placement information:

  • Has key information about the child's legal status, the placement proposed to be sought and how it relates to permanency planning.
  • Details any allocation of parental responsibility between Minister and parents, any proposed interim arrangements and timetable for achieving a permanent placement.
  • Includes amended versions of previously filed Care Plans.

Permanency planning:

  • Aligns with and is structured according to the Permanent Placement Principles introduced in legislation in October 2014.
  • The redesigned Care Plan template does not allow for the adoption pathway to be generated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.


  • This is where the Family and Community Services (FACS) caseworker records the views of the child, parents, family and kin, as well as other significant and professional relationships such as Carers and the NGO holding case management.
  • This is also where the views of any person who has expressed disagreement with plan provision can be record.
  • Documents FACS approval of the Care Plan.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Plan:

  • Includes all relevant information on how the child or young person will maintain their cultural identity and improve their cultural development.
  • As well as the a minimum of 4 consultations with the child or young person’s Aboriginal family and community and minimum of 4 activities that encourage cultural participation.
  • Details culturally appropriate services to be provided.

Multicultural Plan:

  • Includes all relevant information on how a child's cultural identity will be maintained and cultural development improved.
  • Including culturally appropriate services to be provided as determined through consultations with culturally appropriate family members and community representatives as well as the roles and responsibilities of those participating in delivering the cultural plan.
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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019