We need to give our disadvantaged children, particularly those who are part of the out of home care (OOHC) system the best possible start in life. As such, the JLN supports the implementation of all the recommendations made in Mark Morrissey’s (Commissioner for Children and Young People (Tas)) 2017 Report.
You can read the full report here.
Prioritise the development of a strategic plan and implementation plan for the OOHC reform. Ensure the strategic plan incorporates strong governance and oversight mechanisms.
More closely integrate the OOHC Reform and the CPS Redesign, and provide the resourcing required for successful and ongoing implementation, including by providing dedicated funding for implementation teams.
Establish an independent expert oversight committee to provide assistance and guidance to those implementing the child protection and OOHC reforms, accompanied by robust reporting arrangements on progress.
EXTERNAL OVERSIGHT AND MONITORING RECOMMENDATION FOUR
Establish an ongoing consultative panel of young people who have had experience of the OOHC and child protection systems, and who are therefore well-placed to contribute directly to the reform processes.
Establish independent external oversight and monitoring of the OOHC system, including by providing the Commissioner for Children and Young People with six-monthly reports on compliance with Standards and other agreed indicators of the wellbeing of children and young people in the OOHC system in Tasmania.
Ensure that mechanisms are in place to seek out and listen to the individual voices of children and young people in the OOHC system, including by:
(A) Establishing a visiting program for individual children and young people in OOHC – which incorporates an individual advocacy component.
(B) Reviewing the CSS Policy on visiting children in OOHC and reporting publicly on compliance with it.
(C) Expediting the establishment of a Tribunal in Tasmania vested with jurisdiction that includes decisions made about children’s wellbeing in OOHC.
(A) The Tasmanian Government develop and adopt Standards for the provision of OOHC in Tasmania and provide regular reports on compliance with these Standards.
(B) Noting the work currently being undertaken on child wellbeing as part of the Child Protection Redesign, the Tasmanian government also develop an Outcomes Framework specific to children and young people in OOHC in Tasmania.