The Department for Child Protection (DCP) is reaffirming its commitment to reconciliation through the implementation of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) (PDF, 20.7 MB).
The RAP includes action under three key areas: Relationships, Respect and Opportunities. The department’s RAP Working Group overseas each area to ensure DCP meets its RAP commitments.
The current plan, which is at the Innovate level (there are four levels of increasing commitment – Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate), was launched in August 2019.
Key achievements include:
- development and implementation of annual Aboriginal Action Plans to drive DCP’s commitment to improved outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people in care
- launch and implementation of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy to increase DCP’s Aboriginal workforce
- establishment of the Expert Aboriginal Child Protection Advisory Committee
- embedding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Principle as a key pillar of DCP practice
- introduction of a Family-led Decision-making Framework and Family Group Conferencing services to ensure Aboriginal families lead child protection decision-making
- improvement of service delivery to Aboriginal children and young people with disability and developmental delay
- launch and implementation of an Aboriginal Procurement Policy to increase commercial partnerships with Aboriginal organisations.
DCP is developing a successor RAP, which is at the higher Stretch level. This plan will be launched in the first half of 2022.
More information about the RAP program is available on the Reconciliation Australia website.
For enquires about the RAP please contact:
Executive Officer, RAP Working Group
Phone: (08) 8226 2622