Charter of Rights

It's your right to feel safe secure and cared for

We’ve launched a new look child-friendly collection of resources for the Charter of Rights for children and young people in out-of-home care.

Using emojis we’ve created engaging and interactive booklets, animated videos, posters and stickers to help children and young people in out-of-home care understand and advocate for their rights and express their feelings and beliefs.

These age appropriate resources (one set for 7-12 year-olds and one for 13-17 year-olds) are also tools carers and caseworkers can use to engage children and young people in care understand their rights.

People working with and caring for children and young people in out-of-home care are responsible for ensuring that children and young people have access to the Charter or Rights, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and where relevant the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 requires that these rights are supported by carers and caseworkers.

Under Section 162 of the Act, you must uphold the rights outlined in the Charter. If you are an authorised carer or a caseworker, you can help children and young people in care by explaining the Charter to them in a way that they can understand and by helping them with any questions they may have.

You have rights while you are in care – these rights mean that you should always feel safe and be able to share how you think and feel.

You have the right to stay in touch with people who are important to you (like your family and friends). You also have a right to know why you are in care.

If you’d like to know more about your culture, beliefs or if you need help, you have a right to ask.

It’s important that you know you have rights while you are in care – these rights mean that you should always feel safe and that the people around you should listen to how you feel and what you think is important. Everyone involved in making decisions about where you live and what you do each day has to make sure your rights are respected.

Your rights include the right to have contact with your family and community, and the right to be told why you are in care.

In particular you have the right to be involved in planning for your future. There’s so much support for you when you leave care. For example you can get help with living expenses and even go to TAFE for free.

If you’d like to know more about your culture, beliefs or if you need help, you have a right to ask.

You can learn all about your rights in these videos and in this booklet.

Always remember these are your rights. They are meant to protect you and must be respected.

Authorised carers play a vital role in upholding, promoting and protecting the rights of children in out of home care.

As an authorised carer, you are responsible for upholding and complying with all the rights of children and youg people in your care. You should ensure that any child or young person in your care understands and knows their rights.

Using emojis, we’ve created engaging and interactive booklets, animated videos, posters and stickers to help children and young people in out of home care understand their rights and express their feelings and beliefs.

Sometimes young children may find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings, so we’ve left space in the booklets for them to draw or write. We’ve also added stickers to the booklet for 7-12 years olds so they can have some fun with the emojis.

Please use the resources to help the children and young people in your care understand their rights.

You can find out all about the rights by watching these videos or reading the booklets.

Please remember these rights must be respected.

To support carers we have created a useful fact sheet.

People working with children and young people in out-of-home care have an obligation to make sure children understand their rights while they are in care and to uphold these rights in the work they do.

As a caseworker, you have an obligation to ensure the children and young people you work with know and understand their rights. You also have a responsibility to uphold these rights and comply with them in your work with children and young people in out-of-home care.

It’s not always easy to engage children and young people in these conversations so we’ve created resources to make this easier. The resources use bright, colourful and easy to understand booklets, animated videos, posters and stickers to help you talk to the children and young people you work with about their rights.

The resources have been designed to be interactive to engage children and young people and help them express their feelings and beliefs.

Follow the links to find the videos, booklets and posters.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)