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Aboriginal Outcomes Strategy focus area 2 (out-of-home care) – were the targets achieved?

A special report under Section 31 of the Ombudsman Act 1974
State government departments Foster care First Peoples child protection Out-of-home care New South Wales

In 2017 the NSW Government launched a strategy that aimed to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people, in five areas. These were:

  1. Increase access to early intervention for Aboriginal families.
  2. Reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care.
  3. Improve economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal social housing clients.
  4. Increase the number of Aboriginal staff in FACS.
  5. Increase engagement with disability services.

As part of the Ombudsman’s monitoring of the child protection system, the office reviewed the second goal to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC).

This report is about how the Aboriginal Outcomes Strategy was implemented and whether it achieved its OOHC targets.

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