Generally, decisions about whether a child or young person requires a haircut are matters that their parents will decide. If the carer or the child/young person wants to do something that significantly changes their appearance, such as have their hair cut very differently or get their ears pierced, the Case Manager will need to seek the parent’s view beforehand. If in doubt, talk to the Case Manager about this.
For some Aboriginal children or young people there may be cultural practices that carers need to be aware of. The child’s first haircut can be an important part of the child’s cultural rights and a haircut could cause significant problems for the child or family. Make sure you speak to the child’s Case Manager about this prior to any haircut.