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Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study: outcomes of children and young people in out-of-home care

Experiences and wellbeing of children and young people in out-of-home care: first five years (Waves 1-3)
Data collection First Peoples child protection Foster care Kinship care Child protection Child welfare Out-of-home care Children Youth New South Wales

The Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) is funded and managed by the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services (FACS). 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 provides a summary of the data collected in the first three waves of the study – approximately a five year period. The report examines children’s child protection backgrounds, permanency trajectories and developmental trajectories.

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