Children and young people in care are entitled to a range of additional support and services.

Rights of children and young people in care

Children and young people who have been placed in out-of-home care have the right to:

  • feel good about themselves
  • live in a place where they are safe and cared for
  • get the help they want or need
  • understand and have a say in decisions that affect them.

The charter of rights for children and young people in care outlines more of these rights.

Additional support

Children and young people in care also receive:

Cultural connections for Aboriginal children

It’s particularly important for Aboriginal children to maintain their cultural and community connections.

Cultural maintenance plans

Each Aboriginal child in care will have a cultural maintenance plan. These help the child or young person establish, reconnect, and maintain connection with family, community, country and culture.

It is the responsibility of the case worker to make sure each child has a cultural maintenance plan.

Youth workers and mentoring services

Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth and Families (MAYFS) is a specialist team of Aboriginal service providers delivering targeted youth work services for Aboriginal young people (aged 10 to 18).

MAYFS services include a mentoring program for young people and programs for small groups of young people to learn about their culture and skills for life.

Entry to these programs is by referral. To access these programs, contact your child's case worker.

Page last updated: 5 July 2019