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 Reform in the Department for Child Protection and Family Support

Reform in the Department for Child Protection and Family Support

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support is undergoing a period of reform.  The goal of the reform is to further develop a service system that delivers the best possible life outcomes for children and families.

Significant reforms underway include the implementation of the Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy and Out-of-Home Care Reforms.  Realignment of the Department’s service delivery Districts will be a key strategy to enable these reforms.

 

Building Safe and Strong Families - Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy

 

  

Building a Better Future: Out-of-Home Care Reform

  

Building a Better Future: Out-of-Home Care Reform - one page summary

Director General's Message about the Out-of-Home Care Reform

Presentation to Staff and Stakeholders


To oversee and drive the implementation of these reforms over the coming five years, the Department has formed a Strategy and Reform Unit. The Strategy and Reform Unit can be contacted on StrategyandReform@cpfs.wa.gov.au.

The Reform Projects are outlined below. This table will be updated as reforms progress.

 

REFORM PROJECTS

Reform projects

Reform reference

Implementation from (indicative)

Reform status

Relevant documents

Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy

1.

Develop and implement Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy (EIFFS)

EIFSS consultation document

OOHC Reform Action (OOHC RA) 1

July 2016

Launched

EIFSS consultation paper

EIFSS themes and issues paper

Building Safe and Strong Families - Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy   

District structure realignment

2.

District structural review

 

OOHC RA 2

July 2016

Draft for consultation

District structural review consultation paper

 

Cross-sector alignment

 

 

 

 

3

Glossary for out-of-home care (OOHC)

OOHC RA 53

July 2016

Launched

Glossary for OOHC

4

Stakeholder Engagement Framework – Department for Child Protection and Family Support and community services sector  

OOHC RA 54

July 2016

Launched

Stakeholder Engagement Framework

 

Needs Assessment Tool

 

 

 

 

5

Needs Assessment Tool (phase 1) – NAT embedded in Assist and case management process

OOHC RA 9

December 2016

Progressing

6

Needs Assessment Tool with High Needs Programs (CASC Pilot)

OOHC RA 11

October 2016

Progressing

CASC model overview

7

Needs Assessment Tool expansion (phase 2)

OOHC RA 12

January 2018

Progressing

 

Repositioning and matching

8

Temporary and permanent phases of care

OOHC RA 3

October 2016

Launched

Factsheet - Phases of Care for Children

9

Development of Children and Carer Connection Hub  (the Hub) processes – including carer-types and whole-of-system matching

OOHC RA 13, 14, 15

October 2016

Progressing

 

Foster carer/adoption processes

10

Streamline foster care and adoption recruitment, training and assessment

OOHC RA 4, 5, 6, 7, 61

January 2017

Progressing

 

11

Foster care recruitment campaign

OOHC RA 8

Early 2017

 

 

Policy and practice directions

12

Short-break support

OOHC RA 21, 22

October 2016

Progressing

 

13

Care team approach

OOHC RA 16, 17

October 2016

Progressing

 

14

Natural support networks

OOHC RA 19, 20

October 2016

Progressing

 

15

OOHC resource allocation framework

OOHC RA 10, 18, 50

January 2018

Progressing

 

16

Leaving care

OOHC RA 30

July 2016

Progressing

 

17

Outcomes Framework for Children in Out-of-Home Care in WA

OOHC RA 51

July 2016

Progressing

 

18

Longitudinal post-care study

OOHC RA 52

July 2016

Progressing

 

Family carer

 

 

 

 

19

Assessment, induction, orientation, training, support

OOHC RA 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 55, 56

July 2017

Working group progressing

Factsheet - Family Care

Funded service

 

 

 

 

20

Recontracting of out-of-home care funded services

OOHC RA 29, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49

January 2018

Progressing

Presentation - service system design - 19 July 2016

Service system design (community services sector and Department) - mud map

Stakeholder Engagement and Procurement Calendar (updated November 2016)

21

Community services sector expenditure review

OOHC RA 41

January 2017

Progressing – consultation continuing

Consultation Paper 

Communuty Services Sector Expenditure Consultation Report 
 

22

Aboriginal community controlled organisation strategy

Aboriginal Services and Practice Framework

January 2018

 

Aboriginal Services and Practice Framework

 

Oversight

 

 

 

 

23

Cross-sector foster carer panel – including cultural competency development

OOHC RA 57, 59, 60, 62, 63

January 2017

Cross-sector working group progressing

 

24

Review and update of Better Care, Better Services

OOHC RA 58, 64, 65, 67

July 2017

Cross-sector working group progressing

 

25

Implement Ombudsman into oversight processes

OOHC RA 66

January  2018

Progressing

 

26

Shared guidelines for child-related employee misconduct

OOHC RA 68

TBD

 

 

27

Accessible child complaints system

OOHC RA 70

January 2017

 

 

28

Reportable conduct system

OOHC RA 69

TBD

 

 

Legislation

 

 

 

 

29

Permanency  legislative amendments

OOHC RA 32, 34, 71

2016

Awaiting drafting

Legislative amendments consultation paper

Ministerial media release

 

30

Legislation review

OOHC RA 72

2017

Scoping

 

The Functional and Expenditure Review Group

31

Functional and expenditure review

 

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

  


 

  Factsheets
  Reform News

The Out-of-Home Care system in Western Australia is undergoing a period of reform

On 19 July 2016, the Department for Child Protection and Family Support presented the future service system design to over 100 members of the community services sector. The presentation provided an overview of the services that the Department will seek to procure from the community services sector in the future out-of-home care system, as well as the process of refining service specifications and outcome measures.

The following documents were provided to attendees.

Presentation - service system design
- 19 July 2016

Service system design (community services sector and Department) - mud map

Stakeholder Engagement and Procurement Calendar(updated November 2016)

Service System Presentation - Q and A

  Expression of Interest - Workshops



Perth Metro Workshops:

After-care support 
Held on 27th October 2016
After Care Support - External Consultation Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Parent/Baby  - Cancelled

Parent/Baby - Cancelled

Care arrangements
Held on 7th, 10th and 16th November 2016
Care-Arrangments - External Workshop Presentation (PDF)

Regional Workshops (*regional workshops will be on after-care support and care arrangements or as advised):

Port Hedland 8:30-11:30am 
1 November, Hedland CPFS Office - Completed
Regional Engagement Workshop (PDF)

Geraldton 9:00am-4:30pm 
Monday 21 November 
Venue: Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS)

Kununurra
Wednesday 23 November
12:30pm start - 4:30pm finish

Thursday 24 November
8:30am start - 12:00pm finish
Venue: Kimberley Group Training - 5 Kentia Way - Weaber Plain Industrial Estate
 

Broome 1:00pm-4:30pm
29 November
Venue: CPFS Bromme Office 19 Coghlan St, Broome

Kalgoorlie TBA

Bunbury TBA

Albany Monday 5 December
1:00pm-4:00pm 
Venue: Albany Local Education Office (ALEO) 85 Serpentine Road (Corner of Collie Street and Serpentine Road)

The stakeholder engagement workshops for the Parent and Baby Support Service scheduled for Tuesday 1 November 2016 and Thursday 3 November 2016 have been cancelled. After further consultation, the Department for Child Protection and Family Support has taken the opportunity to consider a change in direction and focus of the proposed Parent and Baby Support Service.

Changes to the service will include:

- Aboriginal specific client group focusing on young Aboriginal parents.

- Metropolitan based service (initially) as a pilot

- A co-design process will be implemented to develop the most suitable service model

Due to these changes in direction, it is proposed that further information on the co-design process and the future stakeholder engagement sessions will be available in January 2017. Further information will be posted on the Department’s website and emailed to those already registered to attend stakeholder engagement workshops for this service.

If you have any questions, please send them to StrategyandReform@cpfs.wa.gov.au

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