Breaking cycles of disadvantage through child-focused support
Conference Date
3rd & 4th May 2017
Sydney Boulevard Hotel
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Australia’s Out of Home Care (OOHC) system has been thrown into the spotlight. Regardless of the focus on prevention and early intervention, there are still over 43,400 children legally recognised as living in OOHC across the nation.
Taking into consideration the number of informal arrangements, this number is estimated to be far greater. Outcomes for children living in kinship, foster, respite and residential care are significantly lower than other Australian children - a third do not finish year 12 and 44% are not employed within five years of leaving care. With multiple reports undertaken, including NSW’s Independent Review, Their Futures Matter, and Victoria’s Roadmap for Reform, it is clear that government and service providers need to work together to improve OOHC for Australia’s most vulnerable children. The 'Out of Home Care' conference is your chance to join the conversation with senior government representatives, service providers, peak bodies, & international thought leaders in the OOHC sector. Get involved in panel discussions, interactive sessions, keynote presentations and strategy-based workshops to improve the outcomes for children in out of home care. This conference will focus on:
      • Leading cultural & organisational change
      • Building workforce skills & capability
      • Implementing trauma informed, therapeutic models of care
      • Advancing children’s education, health & wellbeing
      • Developing pathways & support for youth leaving care
Who will attend? Federal and State Government representatives (40%), NGOs & Service Providers (60%) with responsibilities for:
            • Out of Home Care
            • Foster Care
            • Kinship Care
            • Residential Care
            • Family & Child Support Services
            • Youth & Justice

Free Pass Application

Criterion is delighted to offer a select number of free passes to non-government organisations who ordinarily would not be able to attend.

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Attend to learn:

  • Lead organisational change & build workforce capability
  • Implement evidence based & child-centred care model
  • Measure outcomes & advance long-term wellbeing
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Key Speakers

Kerryn Boland
The Children’s Guardian
Office of the Children's Guardian, NSW
Dr Joseph McDowall
Executive Director Research
Create Foundation


What People Are Saying

  • “[The system] is failing to improve long-term outcomes for children… For decades we have seen the number of kids in OOHC get larger and the outcomes are not just a cause for concern but a cause for action.”

    Premier Mike Baird
    November 2016


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    Date: 9 Feb 2017  By: Lauren Perry
    In this day and age, how many 18 year old Australians are emotionally and financially capable of leaving their family home and finding affordable, safe accommodation whilst also trying to pursue full-time study or land a permanent job? I know I certainly wasn’t. Tasmania is Australia’s most recent state to release its official report into …

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    Date: 31 Jan 2017  By: Paul McDonald
    Australia is increasingly isolated amongst Western nations in abandoning out-of-home care support when young people in foster care, kinship care or residential care turn 18. Regardless of the young person’s current circumstance, the support they have received under Australian state care must end by their 18th birthday. This includes young people with a disability, those …

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    Date: 19 Jan 2017  By: Jessica Farrelly
    Every Aboriginal child placed in out of home care in NSW last year is set to have their case reviewed. Over the past five years, there has been a 15% increase in the number of Indigenous children entering out of home care, compared to 3% for non-Indigenous children. Of the 20,000 children in care across …

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    Date: 7 Feb 2016  By: Matthew Lathlean
    The life of a child living in out-of- home care is often unpredictable and unstable. Good carers can be hard to find (not to mention retain) due to a lack of available funding and support. With over 45,000 children now living in out-of-home care in Australia, the need for a more sustainable and ‘simpler’ system …

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