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Public hearing 16: First Nations children with disability in out-of-home care

Public hearing 16 will focus on the experiences of First Nations children with disability in out-of-home care. It will be held online and streamed live on our website from Friday 17 September to Friday 24 September 2021. It will be the second public hearing of the Royal Commission specifically examining the experiences of First Nations people with disability.

The scope and the purpose of the hearing is to inquire into:

  1. Experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of First Nations children with disability in out-of-home care.
  2. Policy and practices of child protection departments in identifying and diagnosing disability of First Nations children in out-of-home care, including health checks and disability assessments.
  3. Access to supports and services by First Nations children with disability in out-of-home care, including the NDIS.
  4. Access to supports and services by carers of First Nations children with disability in out-of-home care.
  5. Policies and practices with respect to secure care environments and the potential for adverse outcomes for First Nations children with disability in these settings.
  6. Patterns and trends in the representation and placement of First Nations children with disability in out-of-home care, including whether these children are more likely to be placed in particular out-of-home care settings.
  7. Data on the representation and experiences of First Nations children with disability in out-of-home care.
  8. Negative outcomes for First Nations children with disability in out-of-home care, including care-criminalisation.
  9. Solutions to address systemic problems experienced by First Nations children with disability in out-of-home care.

Anyone who believes they have a direct and substantial interest in the subject of this additional day of hearing, as outlined in Practice Guideline 6, is able to make an application for leave to appear by 5.00pm Thursday 16 September 2021.

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