Charter of rights launches new foster care partnership
A charter of rights for foster and kinship carers has been
launched as the first step of a new program to strengthen the relationship
between carers and Territory Families.
The charter, which has been developed by the Foster Carers
Association of the NT in consultation with Territory Families, was
launched by the Minister for Territory Families, Dale Wakefield, at an event at
Parliament House on 26 May.
The charter is part of a broader program between the Foster Carers Association of the NT and
Territory Families to recognise the role of carers in the care of vulnerable
children, and to celebrate and promote their work.
It sets out eight rights, and the behaviours that are
required to fulfil those rights:
- Be respected
- Be informed
- Be consulted
- Be supported
- Feel safe
- Be valued
- Be treated fairly
- Have your privacy and confidentiality respected.
The event also hosted the premiere of a video in which
carers speak about the importance of the charter, and the rights it promotes.
Territory Families deputy CEO Jeanette Kerr said the charter
would guide Territory Families as it worked to improve the circumstances and
wellbeing of children in out of home care, their families and carers.
She emphasised the importance of foster and kinship carers and
said the charter would be the foundation of Territory Families’ relationship
“I acknowledge that some of you have not always felt valued
and supported by government agencies,” she said.
“Tonight we are taking a step in the right direction and we
are committing to keeping you informed, supporting you, valuing you, consulting
with you, making you feel safe, treating you fairly, showing respect, and
protecting your privacy.”
She said the charter provided a set of founding rights which
underpinned and strengthened the department’s relationship with foster and
Watch the video Speaking of our rights on the Foster Carers NT YouTube channel.