Out-of-home care


Keep caring: systemic inquiry into services for young people transitioning from out-of-home care

This report makes 15 recommendations to enhance the service system’s capacity to improve the experiences and life outcomes for young people transitioning from care by responding to their needs, challenges and aspirations.

Interventions in out-of-home care: an updated evidence and gap map

This report summarises the findings from an updated systematic search for high-quality evidence of the impact that different out-of-home care (OOHC) interventions have on particular child and youth outcomes. These have been mapped to create an evidence and gap map.
Discussion paper

SNAICC options paper on the model for a National Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People

This paper identifies a number of challenges and recommendations to the establishment of a National Commissioner for First Nations children and young people.

The Family Matters report 2020

This year’s Family Matters report is the first to be published following the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap, which was entered into in July 2020. This report focuses on what actions need to be taken to address the over-representation and the outcomes of...

Keeping families together through COVID-19: the strengthened case for early intervention

The COVID-19 pandemic has created confronting new challenges that will have immediate and lasting impacts. This report makes it clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded an already bleak future for the child protection system.
Journal article

Scenario planning for times of great uncertainty

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the social sector, not least in making planning for future demand extremely challenging. Using scenarios proved a valuable way to understand potential impacts on demand in the Victorian child and family services sector, given the many uncertainties.
Briefing paper

Brief on COVID-19 response and recovery issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in contact with child protection services

This brief provides an overview of the most common and critical issues identified by SNAICC in its ongoing engagement with services and makes recommendations to address these challenges.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Indicators 2018-19: measuring progress

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP) is a framework designed to promote policy and practice that will reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system. This report brings together the latest state and territory...

Main findings from the kContact trial of a contact intervention to support parents with children in out-of-home care

This research summary outlines the main outcomes and implications for practice of the kContact study, which was conducted across three jurisdictions in Australia. The trial took place between 2015 and 2017 in Victoria and ACT, and 2017 to 2018 in NSW.
Briefing paper

What is the impact of early childhood maltreatment on mental health outcomes in middle childhood?

This briefing paper outlines the key findings from the research paper entitled, 'Mental disorders in children known to child protection services during early childhood.' It also discusses the implications of this research for policy and practice.