Child Placement Principle Competition

by PeakCare Qld on 10th March 2016

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As seen in this week's PeakCare eNews, the first, second and third persons to submit correct answers to the five ‘true or false’ questions below about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle will win a prize – a $50 Coles-Meyer gift card for the first prize winner, a $20 iTunes card for the second and a $10 Coles-Myer gift card for the third.

Answers are to be emailed to Names of the prize winners will be published in next week’s edition of eNews. Be in it to win it! 

Answers to all of the questions can be found here


1. The Child Placement Principle recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the knowledge and experience to make the best decisions concerning their children. (True or false) 

2. The development of the Child Placement Principle was driven by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Care Agencies (AICCAs) during the 1970s, but it was not until 1986 at a meeting of Social Welfare Ministers that all states and territories agreed to enshrine the Principle in legislation. (True or false) 

3. The ‘partnership domain’ is intended to ensure that, as far as possible, both government and non-government agencies employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff or establish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander units within their agencies so that all decisions about interventions that occur in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and families can be made by these staff members. Where this may not be possible, advice should be sought from community controlled and led organisations. (True or false) 

4. In relation to the ‘placement domain’, the preferred placement options apply only to situations where a long term placement of a child in foster or kinship care is being considered. It does not apply when consideration is being given to a child’s placement in short term or respite care with a foster or kinship carer or when a child’s placement in residential care is being considered. (True or false) 

5. The five domains of prevention, partnership, placement, participation and connection seek to capture the history and original intent of the Child Placement Principle to keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children connected to their family, community, culture and country (True or false)

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