Following a co-design process with community members and experts, a Steering Committee has been formed to oversee the review into the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children involved with Child and Youth Protection Services. The review, now known as Our Booris, Our Way will be overseen by a wholly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Steering Committee and will be conducted in accordance with the principles of self-determination. Committee members bring a diverse set of capabilities and lived experience in child protection, service delivery and related areas. The Steering Committee is chaired by Ms Barbara Causon. Ms Causon recently retired from the Australian Public Service and has a strong track record of achievement and performance in challenging positions involving strategic, tactical and operational issues.
Twenty-six percent of children in out of home care in the ACT are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. This is despite Indigenous children making up only three per cent of the ACT’s entire child population. The review seeks to understand the reasons for children and young people entering care and to develop strategies to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in care, improve their experience and outcomes while in care, and examine ways for children to return home safely.
The Our Booris, Our Way Steering Committee will deliver a preliminary report in August 2018. A final report is due in September 2019.