To provide information about the Charter of Rights (the Charter) for children and young people in the CEO’s care and the practice requirements that child protection workers must follow.
Note: CEO refers to the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Communities (Communities).
Children come into the CEO's care for various reasons. Details about why a child is in the CEO's care, and how long they are likely to remain there, must be explained to them in an age appropriate way.
Child protection workers must inform and explain to the child:
Child protection workers must record in the main information section of the child’s provisional care plan or care plan that a copy of the Charter has been provided to the child.
The Advocate protects and promotes the interests and rights of all children in the CEO's care to have a say in decisions and actions that affect them and in the services that are provided to them. The Advocate provides advocacy services to help children resolve issues and have decisions reviewed, and supports them in using formal complaint and review processes.
Child protection workers and the Advocate should work together to resolve issues for children in the CEO's care.
The Charter includes the following principles:
Links to the Charter for age groups: 0 to 6, 7 to 12 and 13 to 18 are in related resources.
The Charter can also be downloaded as a poster for children in the CEO's care. The poster is available in three formats, each designed for the different age groups listed above.
The Charter is supported by practice guidelines in
Guidelines for Child Participation 2014 and
Transferring a Child’s Personal Belongings (in related resources), and in the following entries in Chapter 3.4: