Improving child-centred outcomes in the Out of Home Care sector
Conference Date
20th & 21st March 2018
Sydney Boulevard Hotel
Early Bird - Save $200
Book by 02/03/18


Bringing stability to our children in a time of transition
At the end of 2016, NSW government announced “the single biggest reform to child welfare” in the state. This has catalysed an overhaul of the Out of Home Care sector with aims of reducing the number of children entering the care system and improving the long-term health, educational and wellbeing outcomes for these vulnerable young people.

We are currently in the midst of this sector-wide shift to The Permanency Support Program. The Navigating the Permanency Support Program conference will showcase new trials, practices and recommendations from across NSW, along with leading case studies from other states, to help bring clarity to the reform agenda.

Learn how the sector is:
  • Focusing on restoration & preservation
  • Boosting recruitment, retention & professional workforce support
  • Implementing therapeutic, evidence-based care models
  • Improving assessments, outcomes measurement & reporting
  • Ensuring better health, education & wellbeing outcomes
  • Supporting successful transitions to independent living
Who will attend?
Federal & State Government representatives, NGOs & service providers with responsibilities for:
  • Child Protection
  • Out of Home/Foster/Kinship Care
  • Permanency Support
  • Preservation & Restoration
  • Evidence-Based Care Models
  • Family & Child Support Services
  • Program Delivery/Evaluation
  • Research & Policy
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Attend to learn:

  • Focus on restoration & preservation
  • Implement therapeutic, evidence-based care models
  • Improve assessments, outcomes measurement & reporting
  • Ensure better outcomes in health, education & independence
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Key Speakers

Daniel Barakate
Director, Design & Stewardship
Department of Family & Community Services, NSW
Billy Berriman
Director, Evidence-based Programs, Their Futures Matter
Department of Family & Community Services, NSW
Maryanne Kerrins
Operations Manager Permanency Support Program
CatholicCare Hunter-Manning

What People Are Saying

  • “I took away something valuable from each presentation, and deeply appreciated the insights and practical wisdom shared by the presenters.”

    Children’s Casework Consultant
    Dept Family & Community Services, NSW & Attendee of the Improving Outcomes in Out of Home Care conference 2017


  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …