Rights of a child in care

The Charter of Rights of a Child in Care

The Charter of Rights for Children in Care is in Schedule 1 of the Child Protection Act 1999.

It lists the rights that all children and young people in care should enjoy.

These rights are based on those rights articulated in the United Nations Convention of the Rights of a Child, which is an international convention that Australia has signed.

The Charter states that all children and young people in care have the right to:

  • be provided with a safe and stable living environment
  • be placed in care that best meets their needs and is most culturally appropriate
  • maintain relationships with their family and community
  • be consulted about, and take part in making decisions affecting their lives (having regard to their age or ability to understand), particularly decisions about where they are living, contact with family, health and schooling
  • be given information about decisions and plans concerning their future and personal history, having regard to their age or ability to understand
  • privacy, including in relation to personal information
  • regularly review their care arrangements if they are under the long-term guardianship of the Chief Executive
  • have access to dental, medical and therapeutic services, necessary to meet their needs
  • have access to education appropriate to their age and development
  • have access to job training opportunities and help in finding appropriate employment
  • receive appropriate help with the transition from being a child in care to independence, including help with housing, access to income support, training and education.


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