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About the transition
To help vulnerable children, young people, their families and carers in NSW, the State Government is transitioning the provision of statutory out-of-home care (OOHC) services to the non-government (NGO) sector.
Implementation of this transition began on 1 March 2012 and will take place over five to 10 years. The aim is to improve the NSW OOHC system to deliver better outcomes for children, young people, families and carers. This will allow Community Services caseworkers to focus on the most vulnerable families and provide the support to help prevent more children going into care.
The monthly OOHC Transition Dashboard shows transition achievements to date against transition targets, as well as the current month’s achievements and progress.
Community Services is working in partnership with the non-government sector to develop a strong, sustainable OOHC system in NSW.
The transition is led by the OOHC Transition Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG), which developed a Stage 1 Transition Implementation Framework and Plan and established a Transition Program Office (TPO), with staff from Community Services, AbSec and ACWA.
The Transition Program Office is funded until well into 2015.
The key driver of transition has been local implementation via Regional Implementation Groups (RIG) made up of government and non-government partners.
Stage 1 of the transition took place in 1 March 2012–30 June 2013. The OOHC Transition Report Card Overview provides a snapshot of targets reached through this stage.
The Out-of-Home Care Transition Implementation Framework Report Card – June 2013 reports more fully on Stage 1 transition achievements.
The transition is now in its second stage, with Stage 2 taking place in 2013-2014.
Stage 2 is guided by the OOHC Transition Strategic Plan 2013-2014. The Strategic Plan 2013-2014 focusses on establishing and improving systems and processes to support the transition. It lists four key statewide strategies and transition aims for 2013-2014, and outlines actions and activities to meet these aims.
The OOHC Transition Strategic Framework Stage 2 – 2013-2014 more clearly identifies activities to be undertaken in 2013-14, and outlines statewide responsibilities across the sector.
Transition Program Office
Phone: (02) 9716 2061