Workshops and consultations

Past workshops and information sessions

Workshops to determine and agree on variations to existing contracts

Variations to current OOHC contracts will take the first steps towards achieving some of the OOHC reform principles and will aim to address some of the immediate and pressing issues impacting OOHC services.

Workshops were held on 13 November and 4 December 2019. Current OOHC service providers and Communities staff were invited to participate in these workshops.

Input obtained was used by the Interim Service Solutions Subgroup of the Independent Reference Group to develop six (6) contract variations (PDF, 121KB) to current OOHC service agreements.

OOHC Information Session on 16 January 2020

Stakeholders were invited to attend an information session on 16 January 2020. The information session provided an overview on the OOHC Reform Program, including:

  • the OOHC governance structure and role of the OOHC Reform Program Board
  • the Independent Reference group (IRG), their membership and role in progressing the OOHC Reform Program
  • key achievements and decisions made in 2019
  • key activities and milestones for 2020
  • information on how you can be involved in engagement activities.

One-page summary: Download a one-page summary of the information session.

Presentation: The presentation (PDF) was delivered by Brad Jolly (Assistant Director General, Commissioning and Sector Engagement), Professor Maria Harries and Professor Dawn Bessarab (Independent Reference Group Co-chairs).

Video: The session was video recorded to ensure all interested parties have access to the information.

Q&A: Questions and Answers summary (PDF)

Co-design workshops – February and March 2020

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.

The Stage 1 co-design process commenced in February 2020 and comprised:

  1. three workshops with stakeholders including, people with lived experience, First Nations People, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), sector partners, academics, peak bodies, Communities staff and people from regional Western Australia;
  2. individual consultations supported by CREATE, Foster Carer Association and the Family Inclusion Network WA to capture the views of young people, families and carers;
  3. individual focus groups with First Nations People and Communities staff

Stakeholders were also invited to provide valuable input into the co-design process via an anonymous and confidential survey, which was open from 12 to 23 March 2020.

The workshops were co-facilitated by Katie Stubley, University of Western Australia’s Centre of Social Impact (CSI) and Glenda Kickett, Dangalang Consultancy.

The purpose of the workshops was to:

  • clarify the principles framing Western Australia’s approach to the care and protection of children
  • articulate the conceptual framework for service design within which OOHC is situated
  • specify measurable outcomes for children and families
  • conceptualise how the service model will best achieve these outcomes. 

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.

The final co-design report (PDF, 3.4MB) was completed in June 2020. The report outlines the co-design process undertaken, a summary of key findings and articulation of a conceptual framework inclusive of principles and outcomes for the future system.

In August 2020, the Independent Reference Group and facilitators of the workshops, presented the final report to members of the Department of Communities’ leadership team, other Department staff and sector representatives.

The presentation of the co-design report was video recorded to ensure all interested parties have access to the information.

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