Out of Home Care Foundations Project

Out of Home Care Foundations Project

Improving Out of Home Care in Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government is committed to helping all children and young people, including those who are unable to live at home, to reach their potential. A massive reform agenda commenced in 2014 '... to radically redesign the child protection system'. Out of home care is a key plank in contributing to the wellbeing and outcomes for vulnerable children and young people. The whole-of-system reform, Strong Families Safe Kids and the Strategic Plan for Out of Home Care in Tasmania 2017-2019, has provided the launch pad to improve the delivery of out of home care in Tasmania.

A sense of security, stability, continuity and social support are strong predictors of better long-term outcomes after leaving care (FAHCISA, 2011).

Out of Home Care Redesign

The Tasmanian Government is working with children, carers and staff to improve the quality of out of home care services.

To create the best circumstances for a flourishing sector, the out of home care foundations project will deliver three outputs. These are: an outcomes framework; a quality and accountability framework; and a future model for foster care.

Outcomes Framework

The Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People in Out of Home Care (outcomes framework) is the first step in improving care to children and young people for the time they are unable to live at home because it establishes clear expectations of successful out of home care.

The outcomes framework is a commitment to children and young people in care about what they can expect of their care experience.

The outcomes framework is scheduled for release in December 2017.

Quality and Accountability Framework

The second step is the development of a quality and accountability framework. This will describe the standards and performance measures that will be used to ensure out of home care services are delivering quality services to children and young people in care.

The quality and accountability framework will identify the roles, responsibilities and standards to be met by the Department of Health and Human Services and service providers in delivering outcomes for children and young people in out of home care. Carers also have a critical role to play in achieving these outcomes and standards.

Future Model of Foster Care

A new way of providing foster care in Tasmania is the third component in the redesign of the out of home care system.

Foster and kinship carers provide secure, stable and nurturing homes for children and young people who are unable to live with their families. They are key to the future success of vulnerable children and young people.

A new model of foster care will improve how we recruit, assess, train, support and work with carers to deliver quality care to our most vulnerable children and young people. A public discussion on both the quality and accountability framework and the future model of foster care will be facilitated by the release of a consultation paper scheduled for January 2018.

Out of Home Care Foundation Project Resources

The project's outputs and associated materials will be available here as they are released.

Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People in Out of Home Care

Scheduled for release February 2018.

The Voices of Children and Young People with Care Experiences

Scheduled for release February 2018.

Out of Home Care Discussions Paper

Scheduled for release in February 2018.

Quality and Accountability Framework

Scheduled for release by June 2018.

Future Model of Foster Care

Scheduled for release by June 2018.