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Care for refugee children

The Commonwealth Guardianship team provides a range of support and settlement services to children, families and new and emerging communities.

The Commonwealth Guardianship team provides casework and care services for children and young people from asylum-seeking backgrounds who settle in South Australia after being granted a permanent residence visa, under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Humanitarian program. 

Many of these children and young people arrive in Australia without their biological parents to care for them.

Supporting wards

A ward is a child or young person who has arrived in Australia without their biological parents and has no closely related relative over 21 to care for them.

The Commonwealth Guardianship team provides case management services for wards until they reach 18 years of age or obtain citizenship.

Supporting non-wards

A non-ward is a child or young person who has arrived in Australia without their biological parents but in the care of a closely related relative who is aged over 21.

Case management is provided, in partnership with other agencies for a period of 12 months or until they reach the age of 18.

Case management

The Commonwealth Guardianship team provides case management services including:

  • assessing client needs and strengths and implementing plans to achieve outcomes, according to legislative frameworks and duty of care principles
  • working in partnership with carers
  • connecting clients to formal and informal cultural and social support networks
  • ensuring active participation in education and access to health, housing and legal services
  • facilitating the development of independent living skills and opportunities for training or employment
  • providing a range of social and recreational programs and activities
  • out-of-home care for children and young people.

Carers

Some people are approached by the Commonwealth Guardianship team to become carers.

The team look for carers who have the same cultural background, language, and religion as these children and young people, and who are able to demonstrate significant links and connections with a particular cultural community.

These carers are recruited, assessed, trained, and supported by the Commonwealth Guardianship team and are registered to provide foster care for this specific group of children and young people.

Mentor and Volunteer program

This work is supported by a mentor and volunteer program that enables us to utilise the skills of people from diverse cultural backgrounds within the community.