Publications

ACT Children and Young People's Commitment 2015-2025

Adoptions
ACT Carers Roundtable
ACT Children's PlanExternal Link
Bimberi Youth Justice Centre
ChildcareExternal Link
Choosing Childcare in the ACTExternal Link
Child Protection
Discussion Papers
Government Reports
Kinship and Foster Carers
Legislation
Out of Home Care
Parenting
Trauma Guides
Working with Children
Youth

Adoptions

Local adoption pamphlet [HTML] [PDF 383KB]
Intercountry adoption pamphlet [HTML] [PDF 413KB]
Stepchildren and adoption pamphlet [HTML] [PDF 423KB]
Adoption information and post order support services pamphlet [HTML] [PDF 392KB]
Considering a plan of adoption pamphlet [HTML] [PDF 386KB]
About adoption for carers In the ACT [HTML] [PDF 415KB]
Search and Reunion [PDF 795KB]

Report on Key Findings on the Review of the Adoption Act 1993 [PDF 108KB] [RTF 2,123KB]
Discussion Paper on the Adoption Act 1993 May 2006 [PDF 217KB] [RTF 2MB]

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ACT Carers Roundtable Outcomes

Carer Connection Carer Roundtable Update [PDF 248KB] [Word 214KB]

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and related information

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre
Bimberi Handbook - A Young Person's Guide to Bimberi Youth Justice Centre [PDF 1.3MB]
The Human Rights Audit of Quamby Youth Detention Centre can be found at on the Human RightsExternal Link website.

Youth Justice Victims Register

Lost in Transition Report [PDF 1.94MB] [Word 1MB]
Lost in Transition Executive Summary [PDF 412KB] [Word 143KB]

ACT Government Response to the ACT Human Rights Commission’s Report into Bimberi and the Youth Justice System

On 18 October 2011, the ACT Government tabled its response to ‘The ACT Youth Justice System 2011: A Report to the ACT Legislative Assembly by the ACT Human Rights Commission’ in the Legislative Assembly. The ACT Government’s response to the Commission’s Report was informed by advice provided by the Youth Justice Implementation Taskforce, which has been established to take forward the recommendations of the Commission’s Report. The Taskforce will now embark on developing a ‘Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT’ as the key platform of the ACT Government’s response to the Commission’s Report. The Blueprint will provide the strategic direction for the development of the youth justice system over the next 5-10 years.

Bimberi Youth Justice CentreACT Government Response to the ACT Human Rights Commission’s Report into Bimberi and the Youth Justice System [PDF 700KB] [RTF 1MB]

Bimberi Operations and Financial Performance Audit Internal Audit 2009-2010

The Human Rights Commission in its report, The ACT Youth Justice System 2011: a report to the ACT Legislative Assembly by the ACT Human Rights Commission published on 28 July 2011 referenced the Bimberi Operations and Financial Performance Audit Internal Audit 2009-2010 by Oakton. As a consequence it is in the public interest to make this internal audit report available to the ACT community to provide greater clarity.
Read more information on the Bimberi Operations and Financial Performance Audit Internal Audit 2009-2010

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Childcare

ACT Childcare Services StandardsExternal Link

Choosing Childcare in the ACT

Choosing the right childcare service is an important decision. When deciding what childcare option will best meet the needs of you and your child you should consider a range of options.
read more information about Choosing Childcare in the ACTExternal Link

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Child Protection 

Keeping Children and Young People Safe [PDF 178KB] [Word 122KB] [Designer Version PDF 263KB]
To obtain copies of the Keeping Children and Young People Safe publication please contact Learning and Community Education on (02) 6207 1382.

Sharing responsibility: A framework for service collaboration for the care, protection and well-being of Children and Young People in the ACT [PDF 143KB]|[RTF 238KB]

Discussion Papers

Discussion Paper Trauma Recovery Centre [PDF 742KB] [Word 706KB]

Neglect Practice Paper, Policy and Practice Guidelines

Neglect Practice Paper [PDF 175KB] [RTF 2MB]

On 3 November 2010 the Minister for Children and Young People Ms Joy Burch  launched the Community Services Directorate's Neglect Policy, Practice Guidelines and Practice Paper. The Neglect Practice Paper was developed specifically for use by the community sector and is an easy to use guide to defining, identifying and responding to neglect issues. The Neglect Policy and Practice Guidelines have also been developed primarily for Directorate workers but have also been made available.

These documents are based on best practice research and will be a useful resource for caseworkers, professionals, practitioners, community workers and interested community members.

The Directorate will be holding forums and training sessions for government and community service providers about neglect over the coming months.

You can request copies of the Neglect Policy and Neglect Practice Guidelines by emailing ocyfs@act.gov.au or contacting the Child and Youth Protection Services, the Community Services Directorate on  6207 4515 ( please leave a message if voicemail answers).

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Government Reports

Review of Child Protection System Reports

ACT Review of the Emergency Response Strategy for Children in Crisis in the ACT

ACT Government Response to The Report of the Public Advocate of the ACT Review of the Emergency Response Strategy for Children in Crisis in the ACT

Launch of Young Worker’s Guide

Young People at work in the ACT: What you need to Know

This guide is designed to let young people know about their rights at work, the responsibilities of employers and who to contact for help or information.

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Kinship and Foster Carers

Informal Relative Caregivers [PDF 43KB] [RTF 1.4MB]
ACT Statutory Declaration [PDF 33KB] [RTF 114Kb] (companion document to caregivers factsheet)
Centrelink Welfare to Work Requirements [PDF 4KB] [RTF 1.4MB]
Centrelink Child Care Benefits [PDF 44KB] [RTF 1.4MB]
Television advertisement text alternative [PDF 16KB] [RTF 36KB]Foster Carer Flyer [PDF 287KB] (designer version)
Foster Carers and Kinship Carers Guide [PDF 312KB] (designer version)

Legislation

Children and Young People Act 2008 External Link For information about the Act, please refer to the Legislation page

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Out of Home Care

ACT Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Out of Home Care
Good Practice for Placement planning [PDF 546KB] 

Child and Youth Protection Services Programs

Keeping Children and Young People Safe[HTML] [PDF 2MB]

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Parenting

Guide for families with Care and Protection Services [PDF 499KB] [Word 323KB] [Designer PDF 11.2MB]
ParentLink Parent GuidesExternal Link ParentLink quick contactsExternal Link

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Trauma Guides

Child Development and Trauma Guide Overview [PDF 206KB] [Word 49MB]
Child Development and Trauma Guide: Birth - 12 Months [PDF 226KB] [Word 52KB]
Child Development and Trauma Guide: 1 Years - 3 Years [PDF 174KB] [Word 46KB]
Child Development and Trauma Guide: 3 Years - 5 Years [PDF 166KB] [Word 46KB]
Child Development and Trauma Guide: 5 Years - 7 Years [PDF 169KB] [Word 46KB]
Child Development and Trauma Guide: 7 Years - 9 Years [PDF 202KB] [Word 49KB]
Child Development and Trauma Guide: 9 Years - 12 Years [PDF 211KB] [Word 47KB]
Child Development and Trauma Guide: 12 Years - 18 Years [PDF 258KB] [Word 46KB]
Melaleuca Place (Trauma Recovery Centre) Fact Sheet One [PDF 568KB] [Word 2.5MB]
Melaleuca Place (Trauma Recovery Centre) Fact Sheet Two [PDF 427KB] [Word 322KB]
Melaleuca Place (Trauma Recovery Centre) Fact Sheet Three [PDF 420KB] [Word 320KB]

Working with Children

Principles for Child Centred Practice [PDF 255KB]
Intercountry Adoption Brochure [PDF 8KB]
National Framework - Child Safe Organisations [PDF 670KB] 

Youth

ACT Children and Young People's Commitment 2015-2025

ACT Young People's Plan 2009-2014 Final Report [PDF 1.6MB] [Word 2.1MB]
ACT Young People's Plan Final Report Summary August 2015 [PDF 1.5MB] [Word 665KB]
ACT Young People's Plan 2009-2014 Discussion Paper [PDF 382KB] [RTF 13.9MB]

Information for young people about the youth justice system

Being on bail pamphlet
About going to court pamphlet
About court reports pamphlet
Case management after court pamphlet
Good behaviour orders pamphlet

Any questions?

If you have any questions about your legal matters, these services might be able to help:

  • Aboriginal Legal Service 6249 8488
  • Legal Aid 6243 3411
  • Youth Law Centre 6173 5410
  • Child and Youth Protection Service 6207 0755

For questions about your court date and time call the Children's Court Registry on 6207 1746
For help or advice after hours* you can also call the After-hours Bail Support Service on 1800 178 277
(*weekdays 5pm to 2am; weekends and public holidays 4pm to 2am)

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