19 October 2019

Girl holding hand with adultFriday 19 October marked the release of the Government’s Discussion Paper: A Future Program for Family Based Care. It forms part of the government’s commitment to work with and consult the sector on a future approach to family based care.

Consultation forums on the discussion paper will be held for carers, government and non-government stakeholders around Tasmania during November.  The closing date for submissions is 30 November 2018.

The discussion paper considers a future approach to family based care, focusing on foster and kinship care, and identifies issues for discussion. It draws upon recurring themes within the research literature, commissioned reports and reviews and the collective wisdom of those working in the out of home care system across Tasmania.

The contribution of young people with an experience in out of home care, carers, child safety officers and Children and Youth Services, service providers and other non-government stakeholders to the paper is gratefully acknowledged.

The discussion paper forms one component of a broader reform project to build a strong foundation for the out of home care system and complements the broader redesign of Child Safety Services.

The discussion paper and information on consultation sessions is available here