Developing non-government capacity in carer authorisation

The transition of out-of-home care (OOHC) from the government to the non-government sector will require development of NGO capacity in carer authorisation.

The ability of non-government agencies to authorise and maintain a pool of carers will need to increase substantially as the need for Community Services carers diminishes.

While the non-government sector continues to build capacity, Community Services will continue to authorise foster carers in the transition period, to ensure placements are available. However, the majority of placements will be with NGO carers.

Carerlink will continue to have a role in the recruitment of carers in regions where Community Services continues to require foster carers.

It is expected the system will no longer be required as NGOs begin to provide all foster care placements for children entering care.

Managing Carerlink during transition

During transition, the Transition Program Office (TPO) remains responsible for overseeing the functions and scope of the Carerlink system.

The TPO is currently in the process of changing the Carerlink screening process to ensure carers are directed to NGOs where there is capacity.

People interested in becoming a carer should contact the agency directly – a list of local agencies is available at the Fostering NSW website.

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