Parents & carers - participation in planning

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Birth parents

Whenever it’s possible and appropriate, we encourage the parents of children and young people to be involved in case planning.

Your child's caseworker will talk to you about your participation in decision-making and explain that the interests of your child are of paramount importance.

As a birth parent, you can participate in decision-making by:

  • attending conferences and meetings
  • having a support person accompany you to a meeting or conference
  • contributing agenda items for a meeting.

See more on rights of parents whose child or young person is in care.

We understand that parents may need extra support to express their views, participate in decision-making and understand the outcomes.

We can provide appropriate support to help you participate, such as arranging for an interpretor or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander support person or community representative.

See “is your child in care” for more information for parents of children or young people in foster care.

Foster carers

Where a child has been placed with a carer, it is vital that the carer participates in the case planning process.

As a carer, you have responsibility for making day-to-day decisions about children or young people in your care, and you may also be delegated aspects of parental responsibility.

This gives you an important role to play in case planning, and a right to participate in decision-making about the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children or young people in your care.

We are committed to giving carers the information you need to participate, and recognise that you may also need additional resources to help you participate effectively, such as interpreters, support people or child care.

See the Partnership Agreement between DoCS and Foster Carers

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