New Guidelines for Leaving and After Care Assistance

FACS has unveiled changes to the Guidelines for the provision of assistance after leaving out-of-home care. According to FACS, changes have been made to strengthen the leaving care planning process and to remove potential barriers to after care support. Key changes to note include: It has been emphasised that leaving care planning is to commence at 15 […]

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Means Tested Adoption Allowance Commences Operation

A new means-tested adoption allowance announced by the NSW Government in March is now in operation. This allowance, which came into force on July 1, will mirror the carer allowance rates paid by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services so that an eligible person adopting a child in their care is likely to retain […]

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Foster Carer Training Package Gets a Revamp

Since 2000, prospective foster carers have been attending ‘Shared Stories, Shared Lives’ training, which was developed by ACWA and FACS. However all that is set to change, with the package undergoing a major revamp to ensure it continues to meet the existing and emerging skills needs of the changing out-of-home care sector. Over the past six months […]

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New Child Protection Resource Launched

ACWA has welcomed the release today of the See, Understand and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse – a Practical Kit, a world-first resource that provides child protection workers advice and resources for responding to victims of child sexual abuse.

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Common Sense Prevails Amid a Flurry of Contracting Talks

The announcement by FACS this week that it is suspending its Intensive Therapeutic Care tendering process until further notice is a win for collaboration and common sense, writes ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum: In what can only be described as an ‘interesting time’, the sector has been ‘knee-deep’ in the tendering/recommissioning of out-of-home care services and […]

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