Out-of-Home Care (OOHC)
The work undertaken by the out-of-home care agencies is important to the care and protection of Aboriginal children and young people as this ensures that, wherever possible, Aboriginal children remain within their community and maintain their cultural connections. This is essential to ensure the healthy development and future of Aboriginal children and their communities. There are 945 Aboriginal children and young people who have transitioned to an Aboriginal out-of-home care provider, of an Aboriginal out-of-home care population of 4,283¹.
There are eleven accredited providers, nine partnerships² that AbSec works with to provide a range of supports and services to assist the agencies. At the commencement of the AbSec Transition program there were 325 Aboriginal children and young people placed with Aboriginal out-of-home care agencies.
However by March 2014, 803 Aboriginal children and young people transitioned from Community Services placements to Aboriginal out-of-home care agencies.
When work originally began there were seven agencies contracted to provide general foster care placement at the beginning of the transition program and now there are 20 agencies in various stages or accreditation/re-accreditation process in the NGO sector.
AbSec provides a range of services and supports to the agencies from capacity building through to governance and strategic partnership development support. AbSec tailors support and service offerings to agencies depending on individual agency need.
- Capacity Building Outreach—Providing ongoing support to prospective out-of-home care agencies through community consultation; negotiation with government and non-government organisations; service development advice and sector advocacy
- NSW Standards for out-of-home care presentation—assisting agencies to understand and work with the out-of-home care standards
- Support with Provisional Accreditation—supporting agencies to achieve provision out-of-home care accreditation
- Direct Evidence and Casework support—ongoing casework practice support – after provisional accreditation – to assist agencies through the monitoring phases and towards full accreditation
- Capacity Assessment Framework—the capacity assessment, review and development framework and tool provides a structured process to assist agencies to determine their development needs
- Governance Action Plan—assisting agencies to develop and review their governance practices through the presentation of the “Governance Top Ten Tips” which is specifically tailored to address out-of-home care requirements
- Managing Allegations of Reportable Conduct—providing specialist expertise to support agencies in undertaking investigations and completing relevant reporting in line with statutory requirements
- Complaint Management—assisting in policy development, staff training and facilitating local resolutions
- Direct Advocacy—the team manager is able to advocate on behalf of the member agency to address issues such as funding, contracting, file transfer speed, referrals and consultation.
- Foster Care Support and Training—Improve the information, support and training opportunities for carers of Aboriginal children and young people in NSW. AbSec provides the Aboriginal State-wide Foster Care Support Service which is a free telephone advice and advocacy service for carers of Aboriginal children and supports our member agencies with Foster Care Recruitment activities including events and promotion.
- Aboriginal Consultation Guide and Cultural Support Practice—provides members with support, information and training on Cultural Support Planning. The Consultation guide supports a standard and practical approach to Aboriginal identification, Aboriginal consultations and cultural support planning to assist the NGO sector to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
¹ Figures as at 30 June 2014
² Figures as at 30 June 2014
If you would like more information about Out-of-Home Care services, please contact AbSec.