Foster home care

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09 Aug 2017

This paper provides information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children involved in child protection and out-of-home care, and is based on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Child Protection data 2015-16 (AIHW 2017a; 2017b).

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Research report

16 Mar 2017

During 2015–16, 162,175 (30.2 per 1,000) Australian children received child protection services (investigation, care and protection order and/or were in out-of-home care).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were seven times as likely as non-Indigenous children to have received...

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Briefing paper

01 Mar 2017

The ICPS Research to Practice Series links the findings of research undertaken by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University, to the development of policy and practice in the area of child, youth and family welfare.

This issue explores what works to...

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Research report

31 Jan 2017

Every child is born into the world rich with great potential and hope. Each individual infant starts life as a precious and unique human being, with vast unrealised potential. They each deserve the opportunity to reach adulthood possessing the skills and abilities required to live healthy and...

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Briefing paper

22 Dec 2016

The childcare and early learning experiences of young children are important factors that influence their wellbeing outcomes. This Evidence to Action Note outlines key findings related to the childcare and early learning experiences of a group of children in OOHC in New South Wales aged 9 months...

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Briefing paper

22 Dec 2016

Relationships between children and caregivers play an essential role in the development of a child’s health and wellbeing. This Evidence to Action Note outlines key findings related to carer parenting practices and the relationships between children, carers and their carer families, for children...

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Briefing paper

22 Dec 2016

Adequate information and support from caseworkers can assist in meeting the needs of a child or young person in OOHC and maintaining stability in a placement. This Evidence to Action Note outlines some key findings and issues related to the provision of casework support to children and young...

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Journal article

15 Dec 2016

A mixed-methods pilot study was undertaken to (1) to gain insight into children's experiences using a children's rating tool and structured interview process, developed in this study; and (2) to determine the feasibility of conducting research with children aged 12 years and under at the...

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Research report

28 Nov 2016

Children and young people in out of home care deserve a good education. Yet although many do well at school, others have poor educatonal outcomes. At the same time research clearly demonstrates that when foster carers support education and learning it can have a significant impact on educational...

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Guide

14 Nov 2016

Practitioners supporting children in out-of-home care are often faced with making difficult decisions about children’s needs. These decisions include where the child will live and how often a child has contact with their family of origin. Children’s attachment needs are one of the factors that...

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Research report

09 Nov 2016

On 9 November 2016, the Family Matters campaign released its inaugural report. This report revealed shocking results on the state of child protection in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children including:

  • Numbers of Indigenous children in the child protection
  • ...
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Research report

30 Oct 2016

Out-of-home care refers to the care of children and young people up to 18 years who are unable to live with their families (often due to child abuse and neglect). It involves the placement of a child or young person with alternate caregivers on a short- or long-term basis (Victorian Department...

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Report

25 Oct 2016

This report has been published by the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) Victoria. It documents the findings of Taskforce 1000, which was an eighteen month project that critically reviewed the case plans and circumstances of 980 Aboriginal children in out-of-home care in Victoria....

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Discussion paper

20 Oct 2016

The Commission has commenced an inquiry into the implementation of amendments arising from the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014. The inquiry commenced on 1 September 2016 and is expected to be finalised in March 2017.

The legislative...

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Research report

10 Oct 2016

Australian policy settings began to acknowledge the lessons of our history through greater recognition of the importance of children’s connection to community and culture in the 1980s. At this time, the efforts of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and advocates led to the...

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Survey

28 Sep 2016

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has developed the Building Safe and Strong Families: Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy in partnership with the community services sector to enable the service system to be more responsive and effective for the most...

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Research report

20 Sep 2016

Summary

This report provides an overview of permanency planning and long-term care for children in out-of-home care, noting current concepts and describing available data and development work being undertaken to improve national reporting.

The importance of...

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Evaluation

Report

09 Sep 2016

According to the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services, (Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision [SCRGSP], 2016), in the year 2014-15 the following amounts were spent directly on providing services to children who had experienced, or who were...

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Research report

05 Aug 2016

Royal Commissioner Margaret Nyland and her team looked at the laws, policies, practices and structures currently in place for children at risk of harm, abuse or neglect including those who are under the guardianship of the minister.

Individuals and organisations were invited to make a...

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Policy

19 Jul 2016

SNAICC and many of its members have been watching with concern as, around the country, a range of processes are undertaken to progress longer-term care arrangements for children. They vary in detail but have been broadly described as permanency planning measures. Some of these proposals...

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