Aboriginal Child Specialist Advice Support

 

The Mallee District Aboriginal Services Aboriginal Child Specialist Advice and Support Service provides expert advice and case consultation to Child Protection about culturally appropriate intervention.

 

It operates in respect of all reports regarding the abuse or neglect of Aboriginal children and regarding significant decisions in all phases of child protection intervention.

A protocol has been established to facilitate contact between Child Protection and the Aboriginal agencies to ensure that a culturally appropriate and effective response is provided in protecting Aboriginal children from harm.

 

 

The aims of the Protocol are to:

  • Include an Indigenous perspective in risk and safety assessments of Aboriginal children
  • Improve best interests planning and decision making concerning Aboriginal children
  • Improve the engagement of Aboriginal families with relevant support services
  • Improve the involvement of family and community members in providing support to Aboriginal children.