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Caseworkers’ communication with children and young people in out-of-home care and their caregivers

Research report 12
Caregivers Case management Residential care Child welfare Out-of-home care Community-based social services New South Wales

The Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) is funded and managed by the New South Wales Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ). It is the first large-scale prospective longitudinal study of children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC) in Australia. Information on safety, permanency and wellbeing is being collected from various sources. The child developmental domains of interest are physical health, socio-emotional wellbeing and cognitive/learning ability.

This research report examines the factors that influence effective communication practices between caseworkers and children as reported by children and if that influences children’s socio-emotional functioning over time.

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Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study Research Report 12