Improving child-centred outcomes in the Out of Home Care sector
Conference Date
20th & 21st March 2018
Sydney Boulevard Hotel
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Bringing stability to our children in a time of transition
In March 2017 the NSW Government launched the "single biggest reform to child welfare" This saw an overhaul of the child protection and OOHC sectors. 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

Key Speakers

Daniel Barakate
Director, Design & Stewardship
Department of Family & Community Services, NSW
Maryanne Kerrins
Operations Manager Permanency Support Program
CatholicCare Hunter-Manning
Lisa Alonso Love
Director of Child Story
Department of Family & Community Services, NSW
Greg Wells
Director of Child Story
Department of Family & Community Services, NSW

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 Oct 2018  By: Ash Natesh

    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 …

  • Date: 27 Feb 2018  By: Ellen Foxall

    The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has shone a light on the systematic abuse of children, highlighting the importance of continuous review and improvement of child safe systems and culture. With over 400 recommendations made calling for sweeping reforms, the Commission has insisted that more needs to be done to ensure …

  • 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 …