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What are your rights while in care?

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What are your rights while in care?  

You have the right to:

  • Live in a place that best meets your needs and respects your cultural background
  • Take part in making important decisions affecting your life like where you live, contact with your family, school and health
  • Have contact with your family and community
  • Access job training and get help finding a job
  • Access the help that you need like dental care, medical treatment or counselling services
  • Access school or education that is right for you
  • Have what is happening to you regularly reviewed to check how it is going (if you are being cared for by the department until you are 18 years old)
  • Be given information about the decisions and plans made about your life
  • Be involved in planning the kind of support and assistance you may need after leaving care like where you will live, help from Centrelink, job training and education
  • Be given information that is being kept about you
  • Privacy
  • Live in a safe and stable place
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