Transforming out-of-home care in the Northern Territory

Transforming Out-of-Home Care

Territory Families is implementing a new out-of-home care model that will transform the way the system currently operates.
Transforming out-of-home care in the Northern Territory will provide a system and services that are focused on and responsive to the needs of children and young people in care, their families and carers.

There are about 1080 children and young people in care, with about 300 new children and young people entering the system each year. About 90 per cent of children in care are Aboriginal which is why it is critical that the transformed model acknowledges this and incorporates identity, culture and language and recognises the need for connection to family and community.

To achieve this, the new out-of-home care model will include:

  • Enhancing collaboration with families and young people
  • Partnering with community and government
  • Establishing supportive systems to deliver out-of-home care services
  • Prioritising family/kin care-givers and improve support for all family carers
  • Services that are tailored to meet the needs of children and young people in care
  • Therapeutic services that are designed to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people in care.

Transforming out-of-home care is a significant, complex and multi-faceted reform package that will over time, completely change the way out-of-home care services are designed, funded, contracted and delivered.

It requires reforms to procurement approaches, development and capacity building of the out-of-home care sector, with a focus on the Aboriginal-led sector. There will also be a need for cultural change across Territory Families, government, non-government organisations and the community as well as training and development of policy, procedure and service development.

For more detailed information, please read the Transforming Out-of-Home Care in the Northern Territory (9.2 mb) publication.

Last updated: 16 August 2019

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