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 Out of Home Care Reform

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Contracts for the Family Care Support Service have been awarded

A new service which aims to support and maintain children living with family carers and reduce the number of children entering foster care has been awarded as part of the Department’s strategy to enhance out-of-home care. The Family Care Support Service will deliver intensive, in-home support to family carers to build stable family environments for children who cannot remain with their parents.

Family carers, including grandparents, aunties and uncles, make up more than 40 per cent of carers for children in out-of-home care.  The new service will help these carers to improve parenting routines and build capacity to safely care for the child or young person.  This includes supporting the carer and child or young person to develop safe networks and remain connected to family, country and community.

The service will prioritise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and include benefits such as building a stronger sense of belonging and cultural identity. Aboriginal community controlled organisations involved in delivering the service will play an important role in ensuring that children and family carers receive the most culturally appropriate support.

The Family Care Support Service will be provided across the Metropolitan area, East Kimberley, West Kimberley, Pilbara and Wheatbelt regional areas.  The service will provide up to 12 months support per family.

 

The Open Tender Request process for the provision of the Family Care Support Service has been finalised. The successful Respondents and their identified partner organisations are detailed in the table below.

Region Successful Respondent and Proposed Partner Agency
Metropolitan

UnitingCare West:
in partnership with Kin​ship Connections

East Kimberley (Kununurra and surrounds)

Key Assets the Children's Services Provider (Australia) Limited:
in partnership with Wunan Foundation

West Kimberley (Broome and surrounds)

Centacare Kimberley Association Inc:
in partnership with Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service, MercyCare and The Australian Childhood Foundation

Pilbara (Port Hedland, Karratha and surrounds)

MacKillop Family Services Ltd:
in partnership with Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation and Mawarnkarra Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

Wheatbelt (Northam and surrounds)

Wanslea Family Services Incorporated:
in partnership with Kaata Kooliny Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation (KEEDAC)

  Out of Home Care Reform
   

The purpose of out-of-home care (OOHC) is to provide children with stable and nurturing care that enables them to heal from the trauma they have suffered so they can thrive. A core part of this care, is to support children to develop and maintain long-lasting relationships with their biological family, carer family and other safe and nurturing people. The desired outcome is for these children to be adults who are able to reach their full potential and contribute to the Western Australian community.

In the last 10 years there have been significant changes in the Western Australian community and the OOHC system, such as population growth and increasingly complex behaviour of children entering care. This has put pressure on the OOHC sector's ability to consistently deliver stable and healing care for these vulnerable children.

The Department has worked in partnership with the community services sector to develop a suite of reforms to adjust to these changes and pressures;

 

Reform projects

Reform reference

Implementation from (indicative)

Reform status

Relevant documents

Cross-sector alignment

 

 

 

 

Glossary for out-of-home care (OOHC)

OOHC RA 53

July 2016

Launched

Glossary for OOHC

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

OOHC RA 9

December 2016

Launched

 

 

High Needs Programs (CASC Pilot)

OOHC RA 11

October 2016

Complete

 

 

Needs Assessment Tool expansion (phase 2)

OOHC RA 12

January 2018

Progressing

 

Repositioning and matching

 

Temporary and permanent phases of care

OOHC RA 3

October 2016

Launched

Factsheet - Phases of Care for Children

 

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

Launched

 

Foster carer/adoption processes

 

Streamline foster care and adoption recruitment, training and assessment

OOHC RA 4, 5, 6, 7, 61

January 2017

Ongoing

 

 

Foster care recruitment campaign

OOHC RA 8

Early 2017

 Launched

 

Policy and practice directions

 

Short-break support

OOHC RA 21, 22

October 2016

Progressing

 

 

Care team approach

OOHC RA 16, 17

October 2016

Launched

Care Team Approach Practice Framework

 

 

Natural support networks

OOHC RA 19, 20

October 2016

Progressing

 

 

OOHC resource allocation framework

OOHC RA 10, 18, 50

July 2018

Progressing

 

 

Leaving care

OOHC RA 30

July 2016

Progressing

 

 

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

OOHC RA 51

July 2016

Launched

Outcomes Framework for Children in Out-of-Home Care - 2015-2016 Baseline Indicator Report 

 

Longitudinal post-care study

OOHC RA 52

July 2016

Complete

 

Family carer

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

July 2018

Progressing

 

 

 

Community services sector expenditure review

OOHC RA 41

January 2017

Progressing – consultation continuing

Consultation Paper 

Community Services Sector Expenditure Consultation Report 
 

 

Aboriginal community controlled organisation strategy

Aboriginal Services and Practice Framework

January 2018

 ACCO strategy developed

Aboriginal Services and Practice Framework

 

Oversight

 

 

 

 

 

Cross-sector foster carer panel – including cultural competency development

OOHC RA 57, 59, 60, 62, 63

January 2017

Launched

 

 

Review and update of Better Care, Better Services

OOHC RA 58, 64, 65, 67

July 2017

Complete

 

 

Implement Ombudsman into oversight processes

OOHC RA 66

January  2018

Progressing

 

 

Shared guidelines for child-related employee misconduct

OOHC RA 68

TBD

 

Progressing

 

 

Accessible child complaints system

OOHC RA 70

TBD

 

Progressing

 

 

Reportable conduct system

OOHC RA 69

TBD

 

Progressing

 

Legislation

 

 

 

 

 

Permanency  legislative amendments

OOHC RA 32, 34, 71

2016

Referred to 2017 legislative review of the Children and Community Services Act 2004

Legislative amendments consultation paper

 

 

Legislation review

OOHC RA 72

2017

Final report submitted to Parliament for consideration.

 

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