Kinship Care: Making It a National Issue

ACWA has commenced work on a project aimed at establishing a national policy focus on kinship care. Background The use of kinship care for statutory child protection placements in Australia is burgeoning. The latest national AIHW figures (June 2017) reveal 47 percent of children living in out-of-home care were in kinship/relative care. ACWA is concerned […]

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Kinship Care: Making It a National Issue

The use of kinship care for statutory child protection placements in Australia is burgeoning. The latest national AIHW figures (June 2017) reveal 47 percent of children living in out-of-home care were in kinship/relative care. ACWA is concerned about the lack of adequate, consistent policy and programmic responses for this growing form of care at both […]

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Let Them Learn: A Foster Carer’s Experience

A foster carer shares her experiences of working within a school community in this latest article in ACWA’s ‘Let Them Learn’ series on the educational needs of children in care: Ashley was aged five when he came to live with us one evening in June last year as an emergency care placement. Ashley’s caseworker was keen for me […]

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Education and Out-of-Home Care: Highlighting the Need for Change

Prompted by alarming research findings, Allambi Care has initiated its ‘Learning Without Walls’ program in a bid to boost educational opportunities and outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care. Education Manager Parker Jackson explains: Allambi Care experiences the disadvantage impacting children and young people in education daily. A recent snapshot of residential clients […]

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Supporting the Educational Aspirations of Care Leavers and Young People in Care

In this latest article in ACWA’s ‘Let Them Learn’ series on the educational needs of children in care, Richard Pourau writes about the positive work being carried out by Western Sydney University to address some of the potential barriers to educational achievement experienced by this cohort. Young people within the out-of-home care system, as well […]

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