The Department of Communities has worked in partnership with the community services sector to develop a suite of reforms in the Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) sector.
The reforms outlined in Building a Better Future: Out-of-Home Care Reform in Western Australia – April 2016 will realign and reorientate the focus of the OOHC system, including the service models, standards and legislation.
The reforms are aligned to deliver:
The OOHC reform objectives include:
The Department of Communities and the OOHC Independent Reference Group (IRG) recently held workshops with community members, community service organisations, Aboriginal community controlled organisations, advocacy groups, government agencies, carers, families and children in OOHC to co-design service system principles, outcomes and frameworks. Workshops included representatives from regional areas and almost 50 per cent of participants were Aboriginal. Focus groups were held with carers, children who are, or have been, in OOHC and Department of Communities staff.
We also invited all stakeholders to provide valuable input into the co-design process via an anonymous and confidential survey, which was open from 12 to 23 March 2020.
We wish to thank stakeholders for their important contributions, which will help determine the future of OOHC.
Principles and outcomes resulting from this engagement process will be integral to developing new OOHC services that reflect the needs and voices of the community.
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