Enhancing Out-of-Home Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People

Enhancing Out-of-Home Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People

Daryl Higgins, Leah Bromfield and Nick Richardson

NCH Report— December 2005

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Table of Contents

  • Contributors PDF (59 KB)
  • Acknowledgements PDF (68 KB)
  • Section 1. Scope PDF (83 KB)
  • Section 2. Introduction PDF (115 KB)
  • Section 3. Method PDF (149 KB)
    • 3.1 Participants
    • 3.2 Sampling techniques
      • Consultations with organisational representatives involved with placement of Indigenous children in out-of-home care
      • Focus groups with carers of Indigenous children
      • Focus groups with Indigenous young people currently in care
      • Procedure
      • Data analytic methods
  • Section 4. Findings PDF (891 KB)
    • 4.1 Perspectives of young people
      • Cultural activities
      • Connection to family and community
    • 4.2 Perspectives of carers, agencies, departments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations
      • Recruitment
      • Assessment
      • Training
      • Support for carers
      • Services for children
      • Retention
    • 4.3 Overarching themes
      • Holistic approach to service provision with Indigenous families
      • Getting help for the biological parents
      • Children with complex needs
      • Interlinked nature of recruitment, retention, assessment, training and support
      • Pre-placement
      • Kinship/relative carers
      • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle
      • Roles of government, Indigenous and non-government agencies
      • Types of care
    • 4.4 Comparing the differing perspectives of participants
    • 4.5 Methodological issues
  • Section 5. Conclusion PDF (124 KB)
  • Section 6. Options for Dissemination PDF (223 KB)
  • References PDF (115 KB)
  • Appendices


Dr Daryl Higgins is the Deputy Director (Research) at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, where he has responsibility for the Institute's research program.

Leah Bromfield

Associate Professor Leah Bromfield is Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection and Professorial Fellow to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Leah was formerly Manager of the National Child Protection Clearinghouse at AIFS.

Nick Richardson

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NCH Report
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, December 2005.

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