Minister for Human Services
Out of Home Care Reforms to Deliver Better Outcomes for Children and Young People
03 June, 2015
The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to rebuilding essential services such as child protection to deliver better outcomes for Tasmanians in need.
More than 1000 children and young people are, for one reason or another, currently living in out of home care in the State.
Reform of Tasmania’s Out of Home Care System was long overdue, with an ongoing process needed to fill the gaps identified in many past reviews and reports.
Today, I was pleased to announce that following careful assessment and consideration of proposals received, three organisations have been engaged to deliver three Out of Home Care services.
The Australian Childhood Foundation will deliver Therapeutic Services; Key Assets will be responsible for the delivery of Sibling Group Care; and Centacare Tasmania (soon to be known as CatholicCare) will deliver Residential Care.
Along with a range of other initiatives across Children and Youth Services, our new Out of Home Care system will be evidence-based, sustainable and, most importantly, have the capacity to meet the needs of children and young people.
For the first time, from the commencement of the new agreements for these service providers in July, placement and therapeutic services will be purposefully matched to the specific assessed needs of each child.
This will increase placement stability and improve outcomes for children in care.
External probity advisors have guided the Department through the independent process, which was undertaken at arm’s length from my office.
The Government does recognise the work of the previous service providers who have been unsuccessful in the new tender process as these organisations have been active participants in our ongoing reform process. We thank everyone involved in this important reform process.
It is important to note that there has been no reduction in funding for Out of Home Care services. Rather, we have increased funding each year since we came to government, with $42.1 million provided in this Budget for 2015-16.