Northern region

Community Services Northern region is solution-focused in the interest of children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC), their families and their communities.

The region covers three areas: Far North Coast, Mid North Coast and New England, and has 14 Community Services Centres (CSCs).

Northern region has a spirit of creative collaboration, in the way that embraces and embodies a sense of equality, inclusion, social justice and solution-focused innovation.

Community Services carers are encouraged to transfer to one of the accredited OOHC agencies in the Northern Region, which can be found on the Fostering NSW website.

Delivering OOHC reform — Northern regional activities

The transition of OOHC services in the Northern region continues a long wave of a long history of close interagency relationships. These relationships have their roots in a shared passion for the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children, young people, families and communities.

The vision for transition in the Northern region is of an inclusive collaboration that capitalises on the diversity, passion, knowledge and expertise of its members, aimed at providing excellence in OOHC across the whole service system.

Northern region has established a RIG, which is made up of Community Services and NGO representatives and is responsible for implementing its Regional Transitional Plan (RTP).

Northern region achievements

  • High rate of success of Aboriginal children and young people transitioning to Aboriginal agencies.
  • Establishment of an Aboriginal Placement Panel generating early positive outcomes for children, young people and families.
  • Establishment of Residential Care Forums for the five Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal agencies pursuing excellence in the provision of care for ‘high needs’ children and young people.
  • Supporting accreditation of all preferred OOHC providers.

Find out more

To discuss your options for transferring, call the Northern Region Carer Transfer Information Line: (02) 6686 1990.

For further information about the transition, email:

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)