Quality Assurance Framework (QAF)
The QAF will provide OOHC caseworkers with access to reliable information about the safety, permanency and the wellbeing of children in statutory OOHC
Value of the QAF
The QAF in short, is a summary of key information, on each child or young person in OOHC, collated in one document and called the Child Overview. The majority of this information is pulled together automatically by FACS Information Management. However, two key wellbeing data sources will be collected by the caseworker every 6 months. These are the Self Report with the child or young person and the SDQ with the carers.
Key benefits are:
Helping with case planning
Regular Child Overviews give up to date information to caseworkers that can help to make decisions in case planning and review outcomes over time.
Assessing our impacts
Regular Child Overview’s help caseworkers assess how decisions and activities have impacted the child’s outcomes in a positive or negative way.
Seeing a child or young person’s journey over time
The Child Overview allows practitioners to take a holistic view of a child or young person’s journey over time in the areas of safety, permanency and wellbeing.
Access to a reliable information sources
The QAF collects information from a range of reliable tools and sources, including:
- children and young people
- Family and Community Services (FACS)
- non-government organisations (NGOs)
- other NSW government agencies, like Education.
Supporting case planning under the Permanency Support Program
As of 1 October 2017, the Permanency Support Program requires that permanency planning is embedded in each child or young person’s case plan, with a goal for achieving permanency, in most cases, within two years.
The QAF can give practitioners the reliable and comprehensive information they need to set and review case plans, and ensure they’re on track to meeting goals to keep children safe at home, or find a loving home for life with extended family or kin, or through guardianship or open adoption.