In 2010-11 more than 17 000 children and young people were in out-of-home care (OOHC) in NSW. These rates have been rising heavily since 2002, and have had significant budgetary implications for the NSW Government. The Keep Them Safe: A shared approach to child wellbeing action plan recommended transferring the majority of responsibilty for OOHC delivery to the non-government sector.
The Minister for Family and Community Services has implemented an advisory group to deliver on this key action.
In addition, children and young people in OOHC often are more likely to experience poor educational outcomes and have higher rates of physical, developmental, and emotional problems than their non-OOHC peers. These are difficult challenges, and OOHC Coordinators have been implemented in NSW Health and Department of Education and Communities to provide health assessments and education support for children and young people in OOHC.
Details of other Keep Them Safe initiatives that aim to improve care and support for children and young people in OOHC are also available in this section.