Health assessments for children in OOHC

The out-of-home care (OOHC) program focuses on providing health assessments to children and young people entering statutory OOHC with the appointment of NSW Health OOHC Coordinators across NSW to plan and implement the assessment process.

The health assessment process aims to improve health outcomes for children and young people in OOHC. An underpinning principle of early identification and intervention guides this, in addition to longterm health planning. Developing close collaboration between all stakeholders, including health professionals, other government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs), and carers further assists with this.

Throughout 2010–11, NSW Health has continued to work in collaboration with Community children and young people entering statutory OOHC. At 30 June 2011, over 600 referrals had been made to Local Health Districts, with primary health screening, comprehensive assessments, and completion of health management plans underway for these children and young people.

NSW Health and Community Services are working closely to progress this initiative. Health assessments have commenced for children entering statutory OOHC across most of the state. Community Services Interagency Pathways Coordinators have been employed in each region to facilitate the referral of children and young people entering statutory OOHC.

Full details are of this initiative are available in the Keep Them Safe Annual Report 2010-11.