Friday, 26 March 2010 15:33

Development of National Standards for Out of Home Care

This submission is written in response to the National Standards for Out of Home Care Consultation Paper. It answers the five consultation questions provided in the paper and additionally recommends the establishment of a National Children’s Commissioner to oversee the national OOHC standards.

UnitingCare Australia recommends that the National Standards for Out of Home Care be overseen by an independent body that can monitor and evaluate OOHC programs, identify systemic barriers and report progress on outcomes for children and young people in OOHC. This oversight role could be allocated to an existing body such as the Australian Institute of Family Studies or the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, or it could be allocated to a newly appointed National Children’s Commissioner.

A National Children’s Commissioner would be well placed to link the National Standards For OOHC with the CRoC and to compare outcomes for children and young people in OOHC with population-level outcomes across Australia.

Additional Info

  • Submitted to: Federal Parliament
  • Regarding: Out of home care
  • Date Submitted: Friday, 26 March 2010
  • Contact Name: UnitingCare Australia
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  • Contact Phone: 02 6249 6717
  • Policy area(s): Aged care