Coalition of Children in Care

History

In February 2010 a group of non-government foster care and residential care providers, concerned by the NSW Government's wavering commitment towards significant and long overdue reforms to the state's failing child protection system, joined forces to form the Coalition for Children in Care (CCC). The aim of the alliance in the lead up to the March 2011 State Election, was to push for the implementation of recommendations made by Justice James Wood in his 2008 Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection in NSW. The group was particularly concerned the NSW Government was more focused on costs and budget bottom lines than on quality of services and outcomes for vulnerable children.

Post-2011 State Election Activities

Since the 2011 NSW Election, the work and momentum of the CCC has continued under a new strategic working party named the Non-Government Out-of-Home Care Transition Action Group (NOTAG), which is facilitated by the Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA).

Vision and Objectives

CCC members came together in early 2010 with the shared a vision of transforming the out-of-home care (OOHC) system to promote a better life for children living in care and to a secure future when they leave care.

Co-ordinated by Linda Frow, the group's activities were guided by the following five objectives:

  • To see the transition in the provision of out-of-home care for children and young people from Community Services to NGO care in accordance with Justice Wood's recommendations, to ensure better outcomes including stability, attachment, education and health outcomes.
  • To achieve an agreed ongoing basis for contract pricing to underpin sustained quality accredited care provided by the NGO sector.
  • For the NSW Government to better fund early intervention, including the Brighter Futures program, and family services, such as intensive family support and family preservation services, delivered by the NGO sector.
  • To achieve a better working relationship between the NSW Government and OOHC sector for the sake of vulnerable children.

Achievements

During its 12 months of operation, the CCC's accomplishments included:

  • Commissioning financial consulting firm Deloitte to provide a realistic unit cost for OOHC placements (Foster Care).
  • Produced a paper on quality of care.
  • In partnership with ACWA, developed a document outlining the cost of residential care.
  • Engaged a lawyer in preparing its response to the OOHC Contract Review conducted by KPMG on behalf of the NSW Government.
  • Convened a kinship care forum (February 2011).
  • Produced a transition plan.
  • Sought a commitment from government to support a scorecard for children in OOHC in the lead up to the 2011 State Election.
  • Prepared a paper outlining the status of contract renewal across the sector.

CCC Members

Association of Child Welfare Agencies (ACWA)
Allambi Youth Services
Anglicare Diocese of Sydney
Anglicare Canberra/Goulburn
Baptist Community Services
Barnardos Australia
Boys Town, Engadine
CASPA
Care South
CatholicCare Sydney
CatholicCare Hunter/Manning
CatholicCare Wollongong
Centacare Broken Bay
Hunter Aboriginal Children's Service
Kari Aboriginal Resources Inc
Life Without Barriers
Mackillop Family Services
Marist Youth Care Inc
St Joseph's Cowper Inc
Samaritan Foundation
Southern Youth and Family Services
Stretch-A-Family
The Benevolent Society
Uniting Care, Burnside
Wesley Mission
Youth Care UPA
Youth Off The Streets

THE ACWA OOHC Transition Sub-Committee

The ACWA OOHC Transition Sub-Committee (formerly known as the Non-Government Out-of-Home Care Transition Action Group, or NOTAG) was a group of NGO's, established in March 2011 to advocate for the transfer of NSW out-of-home care services to the non-government sector and continue the work previously carried out by the Coalition for Children in Care (CCC).

News and Media Releases

Labor's response to CCC's Election Scorecard 
CCC NSW Election Priorities 
Speech by Ian Cohen on transition for out-of-home care
Stateline Report featuring CCC
It's time to act for vulnerable children Mar2011
Foster Care Week Sep 2010
Yet another reason to fix the out-of-home care system in NSW  Sep 2010

Resources

A short history of out-of-home care in NSW 
Briefing paper on out-of-home care 
Contracting Document - A new and appropriate approach to contacting 
Contract Principles
Deloitte presentation 
Deloitte Report 
CCC Transition Plan Principles
CCC Kinship Care Program Forum (February 2011)
CCC Kinship Care Forum Notes: Panel and Discussion 
CCC Kinship Care Forum Presentation: Kinship Care in Victoria - Argiri Alisandratos 
CCC Kinship Care Forum Presentation: Kinship Care in NSW - Annette Gallard, Chief Executive, Community Services 

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Useful OOHC Reform Resources

Adoption and the Inter-agency Fee
Certainty for Children in Care
The Costs of Short Break Provision
Calculating costs of children's social care: a 'bottom up' approach
How Social Workers Spend Their Time
Infants suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm: A prospective longitudinal study
Looking after Children: At What Cost? Resource Pack
Calculating the cost and capacity implications for local authorities implementing the Laming (2009) recommendations
Understanding the costs of planning, assessment and decision making in England
Monograph 39: Being Clear About the Objectives and Characteristics of Foster Care
Placement Stability - a review of the literature
The Costs of Short Break Provision
The Cost of Foster Care