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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 with them.

“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 kinship carers. 

Watch the video Speaking of our rights on the Foster Carers NT YouTube channel​.