Permanency Support Program

Permanency and early intervention principles built into casework

The Permanency Support Program introduces a series of changes from 1 October 2017 that shift the current placement-based service system to one that is centred on safety, permanency and wellbeing for children, young people and their families and kin.

The implementation of the Permanency Support Program is one of the most significant changes to the child protection and out-of-home care system in decades and is part of a broader suite of reforms under Their Futures Matter.

The changes aim to give every child and young person the chance to have a loving, permanent home for life, whether that be with his or her parents, extended family or kin, or through open adoption or guardianship.

Implementation will be staged, to help build the capacity of both FACS and our NGO partners. Full implementation starts from 1 July 2018. However, we expect changes of this magnitude to take a number of years to imbed.

The four main components of the Permanency Support Program

  • Link to 1. Permanency and early intervention principles built into casework
  • Link to 2. Working intensively with birth parents and families to support change
  • Link to 3. A new approach to the recruitment, development and support of guardians, adoptive parents and other carers
  • Link to 4. Intensive Therapeutic Care system reform
Permanency Support Program map

Important changes from 1 October 2017 include:

  • the onboarding of 52 Permanency Coordinators across NSW – Permanency Coordinators assist FACS and NGO practitioners to achieve permanency for children and young people by helping link them to the best services and supports
  • new contracts for Foster Care and Aboriginal Foster Care – New contracts commence from 1 October 2017 to 30 June 2022. They are consistent with the NSW Government’s move towards performance- and outcomes-based contracts that will help improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people
  • case plans with a clear goal for achieving permanency within two years – Each child or young person’s case plan should focus on supporting parents to keep their children safe, or finding a loving, permanent home for life with extended family or kin, or through guardianship or open adoption.

To find out more, see:

Watch a brief video to find out what else we’re planning under the Permanency Support Program.

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