The practice standards honour the enduring cultures and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, drawing on knowledge systems of growing up children and their connections to family, community, country and culture. These connections are central to children’s safety and well being, and the promotion of their development, self esteem, identity and sense of belonging.
The practice standards acknowledge the impact of colonisation and the forced removal of children from their families on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The profound sense of loss and grief this has caused in the past, and continues to cause today, emphasises the critical role of healing in responding to the needs of children, families and communities.
Importantly, the practice standards build on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (CPP) developed in the late 1970s by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations. The CPP was established in the belief that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are best cared for within their own Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.