Children in out-of-home care should expect they will be kept safe and well by all the people who provide them with care.
A Charter lists the rights and privileges people have. We all have rights, and as members of the community, we need to respect each other's rights.
The Charter for children in out-of-home care has been especially prepared for children who can't live with their parents and are in out-of-home care. It lists what you can expect from all those people who look after you and work with you when you are in care. All these people need to make sure the things they do for you and the things they allow you to do keep you safe and well. Being safe and well are the most important rights so they have been put first. It means that if there is a clash between you being safe and well and another right your safety and wellbeing always comes first.
These are your rights
As a child or young person in care I need:
- To be safe and feel safe
- To stay healthy and well and go to a doctor, dentist or other professional for help when I need to
- To be allowed to be a child and be treated with respect
- If I am an Aboriginal child, to feel proud and strong in my own culture
- To have a say and be heard
- To be provided with information
- To tell someone if I am unhappy
- To know information about me will only be shared in order to help people look after me
- To have a worker who is there for me
- To keep in contact with my family, friends and people and places that matter to me
- Careful thought being given to where I will live so I will have a home that feels like a home
- To have fun and do activities that I enjoy
- To be able to take part in family traditions and be able to learn about and be involved with cultural and religious groups that are important to me
- To be provided with the best possible education and training
- To be able to develop life skills and grow up to become the best person I can
- Help in preparing myself to leave care and support after I leave care.
The every child every chance reforms provide professionals working within the sector more effective processes to listen to what children and young people want and need, enable earlier intervention, reduce child abuse and neglect, provide better support to Aboriginal children, young people and their families, and to work together in cooperation with other providers of children, young people and family services.
Making a complaint
If you are a child or young person living in out-of-home-care and you want to make a complaint, see Making a complaint - for children and young people in out-of-home care on the Department of Health and Human Services website.