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 Policies and Frameworks


Aboriginal Employment and Learning Strategy 2009 to 2014
Outlines specific activities that will assist in attracting and increasing the number and retention of Aboriginal workers within the Department.

Adoption of Children Policy 2011
Our approach to placing and supporting children in adoptive care.

At Risk Youth Strategy 2015-2018
Focuses on the services contracted or provided by the Department, targeted to young people experiencing the greatest level of risk.

Care Planning Policy 2016
The legislative requirements and the practice procedures for care planning for children in the CEO’s care.

Child Sexual Abuse Policy 
To ensure staff respond to situations of child sexual abuse in line with the Department’s role.

Complaints Management Policy
The process to have your complaints addressed by the Department.

Consultation Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2013-2017 
How we will to improve access to services, information and facilities.

Guide to Developing Contact Arrangements 

Creating Safe Environments for Children - Organisations, Employees and Volunteers
A national approach on the safety of children dealing with community services organisations.

Directions for Aboriginal and Cultural Learning 2009
Sets out strategies to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of all staff to achieve better engagement and better outcomes with Aboriginal families.

Disability Access Inclusion Plan 2013-2017
The Disability Access Inclusion Plan 2013-2017 outlines the Department’s strategy to address inclusion through the seven outcome areas, with a focus on increasing opportunities for people with disabilities and their families.

Drug Testing Policy

Enhancing the planning and delivery of services to Aboriginal people in Western Australia 2007 
A guide for not-for-profit services funded by the Department.

Establishment Payment to informal relative carers
Outlines the Department’s support and financial assistance which may be provided to relatives where it is assessed that it is in the child’s best interests to reside with those relatives.

Also see the Establishment Payment fact sheet.

Family and Domestic Violence Policy

Foster Care Partnership Policy 2012
To improve support for general and relative foster carers.

Foster Care Partnership Practice Framework
Sets out the Department’s new model of foster care team participation and support.

Foster Carers Support at Difficult Times Policy
To ensure field staff reflect the spirit of the Foster Care Partnership (2009) when engaging with foster carers so they are adequately supported in caring for children in care at difficult times.

Leaving Care Policy 2015
To ensure children and young people are adequately prepared and assisted for this transition.

Men in Their Role as Fathers: Strategic Framework 2007
Involving Fathers – Improving Outcomes for Children.

Neglect: Policy on Neglect 2012
Neglect: Background Paper: Understanding Neglect 2008
Focuses on the prevalence of neglect and the serious harm it can cause, including the death of a child.

Parental Support and Responsibility Act 2008
Enables the Children’s Court to order parents to attend parental support services.

Permanency Planning Policy
Seeks to address the issue of placement instability and ‘drift’ in care by placing an emphasis on stability and permanency from the time a child first comes into care.

Permanency Planning - Identity and Permanent Stability Response

Policy on Assessment and Investigation Processes

Rapid Response

Residential Care Conceptual and Operational Framework: Background Paper 2009
The overarching model and core elements of how the Department for Child Protection and Family Support residential facilities plan to operate.

Policy on Children Entering Secure Care
Describes the Department’s approach to achieving stability and resolving critical risk for children in care in accordance with the principles and aims that support secure care arrangements within the legislative mandate.

Signs of Safety Child Protection Practice Framework
Adoption of Signs of Safety as the Department for Child Protection's Child Protection Practice Framework.

Signs of Safety Policy
Our way to ensure that the way we protect children is primarily based around the safety of the child.


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