UnitingCare Australia is today launching its research report, Review of Best Practice in Residential Out of Home Care. The review was prepared to provide information and guidance on best practice in the provision of residential out of home care for those children and young people who need it.
Claerwen Little, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, said “Far too many children are ending up in out of home care in Australia, and greater investment in early intervention and prevention is urgently needed so children can grow up happy and healthy within their own families and communities.
“However, for those children who are placed in residential out of home care, it is imperative that services are properly resourced and delivering the best possible care and support. This report identifies the best practice principles and models that should underpin residential out of home care and ensure children are given the best chance to heal and thrive”, said Ms Little.
Drawing on consultations and a review of Australian and international research, the report identifies 12 best practice principles that should inform residential out of home care.
Key findings of the report include:
“All governments should be investing more in early intervention and prevention so children can grow up happy and healthy within their own families and communities”, concluded Ms Little.
You can download the report here.