To provide substitute care only as a last and only when such care is seen to be the least restrictive and detrimental available alternative for the child.
To limit care to the shortest duration so as not to jeopardize existing and established relationships.
To promote the principle of continuity of care by facilitating family contact and familiar community access where possible.
To promote the principle of normalization and integration for all children in care.
To support the family in the promotion of primary social values consistent with what is in the child’s interest.
To maintain the child’s physical, social emotional and cultural needs.
To protect children from abuse and exploitation by offering a place of safety.