The independent review which was authored by David Tune was commissioned in November 2015 in response to the number of children in out-of-home care and futile past reforms. This report had prompted calls for the resignation of Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward.
The report was handed to then Premier Mike Baird in 2016 and has remained secret ever since.
The report states that despite a great amount of government spending the out of home care system is failing miserably to improve any long term outcomes for children that need it the most.
“Outcomes are particularly poor for Aboriginal children, young people and families,” the report states.
The review found that government spending was allocated to a variety of programs that were delivered in agency silos which was hard for the client to navigate.
“Interventions are not adequately evidence based or tailored to meet the multiple and diverse needs of vulnerable children,” the report argued.
Challenges to Implement Reforms:
It recommends that the government establishes a new statutory authority to provide support packages to vulnerable children and families.
The report suggested that implementing reforms would be a major challenge but without the reforms the system would just continue bouncing along without any realistic chance of achieving better outcomes for children.
The Government spends $41,000 for a child in NGO foster care compared to $27,000 per child in the care of FACS.
Promising Start for Out-of-home Care:
“There is a lot more work to do,” Ms Goward said.
The report has been a good basis for the government to lay its foundations of ongoing reforms in out-of-home care. According to Ms Goward, for the first time there had been a decline in children entering care in NSW has fallen.
In a great period of transition for the child protection and out-of-home care sector, the ‘Improving Outcomes for Vulnerable Children’ conference will bring together key stakeholders across Government and NGO service providers to address key areas of reform and showcase evidence-based approaches to deliver better outcomes for vulnerable children.
Join your fellow colleagues at this upcoming conference held on 27th & 28th November at the Sydney Boulevard Hotel.