Out-of-Home Care Reform in Western Australia
On 22 April 2016, the Minister for Child Protection launched the Building a Better Future: Out-of-Home Care Reform in Western Australia
, which will implement significant changes to the out-of-home care system in Western Australia. This five-year Reform Plan provides the roadmap to improve the out-of-home care system to better meet the needs of children in out-of-home care. The goal is that children who need to enter care have the opportunity to thrive in their childhood and live full and happy lives.
The Reform Plan includes a summary of the feedback received in the Out-of-Home Care Reform Legislative Amendments Consultation Paper, and the Department’s response and intended directions.
Implementation of the reform actions contained in Building a Better Future: Out-of-Home Care Reform will begin immediately.
Following the launch of the Reform, legislation to amend the Children and Community Services Act 2004 was recently passed in Cabinet. The legislation means that the Department must apply to the Courts for a long-term order within two years of a child coming into care, which will provide earlier certainty and stability for children in care.
Read the Minister's Media Statement.
REPORTS AND CONSULTATION PAPERS
The below list details the consultation papers and reports which informed the development of out-of-home care reform. These papers were all made available for public response during the development phase between 2014 and February 2016.
Response to Out-of-Home Care Strategic Directions in Western Australia 2015-2020 Discussion Paper
Out-of-Home Care Strategic Directions in Western Australia 2015-2020 - Discussion Paper
Out-of-Home Care Strategic Directions in Western Australia 2015-2020 - One Pager
Out-of-Home Repositioning of the OOHC system - Consultation paper
Funding for prevention and reunification services
Care and funding planning for children in out-of-home care - Consultation Paper
Respite care in the out-of-home care system - Consultation paper
Report on Special Guardianship Orders
Leaving Care and Special Guardianship Orders - Information paper to guide consultation
Stakeholder Engagement Guide: OOHC Reform