Josh Fergeus, Cathy Humphreys, Carol Harvey, Helen Herrman - Adoption & Fostering8 Jul 2019
As foster and kinship carers are central to the lives of looked after children, it is important to recognise their unmet needs and the impact of these on the caring task. This article explores these issues by applying a hierarchy of needs to the foster and kinship care context, drawing on the perspectives of those involved, a group of Australian foster and kinship carers.
This editorial piece from the Sydney Morning Herald describes a new report released by the Government of New South Wales, Australia entitled 'Forecasting Future Outcomes,' which "gives a hard financial justification and a possible methodology for early intervention to protect certain vulnerable groups of young people before it is too late."
Taylor Fry - Government of NSW, Their Futures Matter5 Jul 2019
This report, which was authored by Taylor Fry with support from Their Futures Matter (TFM) - a landmark reform of the Government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia to deliver improved outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families - and stakeholder agencies, presents key results and insights from the TFM Investment Model, an actuarial model of future outcomes and costs of providing key government services to children and young people in NSW.
This article from InDaily highlights findings from a recent report by South Australia’s Guardian for Children and Young People, indicating that children with disabilities are overrepresented in Australia's care system.
Philip Mendes, Samone McCurdy - Journal of Social Work30 May 2019
This article uses a content analysis methodology to critically examine and compare the findings of six recent Australian child protection inquiries (five at state and territory level and one Commonwealth) in relation to their discrete sections on leaving care.
As part of a broader action research project aiming to prevent both harmful sexual behaviour carried out by children and young people and child sexual exploitation (CSE) in out‐of‐home care, four focus groups were undertaken with 17 workers at three Victorian residential houses in 2017.