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 Department for Child Protection and Family Support

 Out of Home Care Reform

  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

Progressing

CASC model overview

 

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

Progressing

 

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

 Ongoing

 

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

January 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

Progressing

 

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

January 2018

Progressing

Presentation - service system design - 19 July 2016

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

Exit and Transition Workshop 2

 

 

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

 Progressing - consultation completed April 2017

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

Cross-sector working group progressing

 

 

Implement Ombudsman into oversight processes

OOHC RA 66

January  2018

Progressing

 

 

Shared guidelines for child-related employee misconduct

OOHC RA 68

TBD

 

 

 

Accessible child complaints system

OOHC RA 70

TBD

 

 

 

Reportable conduct system

OOHC RA 69

TBD

 

 

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

Underway

 

 Publications

  OOHC News and Notifications

OUT-OF-HOME CARE TENDER REQUESTS
CARE ARRANGEMENTS

 Notification of Amended Dates for Tender Release.

After further consideration and taking into account feedback from the Community Services Sector,  the Department of Communities (the Department) has amended the dates for the release of the Tender Requests for the Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) Care Arrangement services.

Please click HERE for further information.

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Details have been released for the upcoming tender briefing sessions for Family Care Support Service (FCSS).

Out of Home Care Phase Two Procurement Update:

The Department wishes to advise the Community Services Request for Tender for the OOHC Phase Two services will commence in late August 2017

OOHC Phase Two services include:

1. Temporary Care Houses,
2. Community Foster Care & Group Care Services,
3. Complex Care, and
4. After Care Support Services

 

 

  Follow Up Tender Briefing Sessions

The Department appreciates the extensive feedback from the Community Services Sector in relation to the recently advertised tender Requests for the Aboriginal In-home Support Service (AISS), Family Support Networks Lead Agency (FSN), Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) and Family Care Support Service (FCSS).

The Department will be hosting a follow-up tender briefing session on Tuesday 22 August to provide Respondents with new information on key changes to the tender Request Service Requirements. Participants can register to attend this briefing session via the Department’s webpage.

Please Click Here for further information.

Please Click Here to RSVP for the Metro Briefing.
Please Click Here to RSVP for the Regional Briefing (VC).

Please Click Here for a list of our regional offices which will be hosting video conference sessions for the regional briefing.

Organisations are encouraged to register with Tenders WA  to receive timely information and advice when the Requests for Tender are advertised.

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