Charter of Rights
your rights in care
As a child or young person in out-of-home care you have the right to participate in decisions about what's happening in your life.
A Charter of Rights has been developed specifically for children and young people in out-of-home care. The Charter is a statement of your fundamental rights.
It covers the types of rights that most children and young people take for granted, like the right to have contact with family and community, to be respected and feel safe and to ask for information and complain if necessary.
Agencies which provide out-of-home care services and authorised carers have an obligation to uphold the rights outlined in the Charter.
The Charter of Rights is given to all children (over the age of six) and young people who are in out-of-home care under an order of the Children’s Court.
If you do not have a copy of the Charter of Rights or have any questions about the Charter, talk to your carer or contact your local Community Services office and ask to speak with a caseworker.
The Charter of Rights has been developed in two comic-style booklets for: