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List: PSP Services

PSP Service Legal StatusDescription
Family Preservation Not applicable Family preservation services are casework services that enable a vulnerable child to live safely at home, and to help their parents become more confident, connected to their community and able to safely support their child’s development and wellbeing.
Restoration Shorter Term Care Order - STCO Restoration services are casework services that help parents, family/kin, carers and other significant people create the changes needed to enable safe restoration of a child to the care of their parents.
Guardianship STCO Guardianship Order Guardianship services engage the child, their parents, family/kin, prospective guardians and other people significant to them in exploring guardianship as a permanency option and assess the suitability of a proposed guardian. The aim of guardianship is to transfer full parental responsibility (by court order) for a child, to a family/kin or a suitable person, who becomes a guardian. The guardian makes all decisions about the child in their care, until they reach 18 years of age.
Open Adoption STCO Adoption Order (Supreme Court) Open adoption services engage the child, their parents, family/kin, prospective adoptive parents and other people significant to them in exploring adoption as an option and assess the suitability of the proposed adoptive parent. This involves a specialist adoption caseworker and an adoption assessor to review the OOHC placement and meet strict legal requirements.

The aim of adoption is to permanently transfer the legal rights and responsibilities of being a parent (by Supreme Court order) to adoptive parents, while also supporting a child to remain connected to their birth family/kin and cultural heritage.

Out of home Care (OOHC) Long Term Care Order

OOHC services aim to support the achievement of restoration, guardianship or open adoption for most children in OOHC and reduce instability and uncertainty arising through multiple placements or temporary care arrangements.

For a small number of children, OOHC services meet their needs for stability and security through provision of:

  • high quality, trauma informed foster care or
  • intensive therapeutic care (ITC) is a residential setting that support their transition to less intensive care arrangements.
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Last updated: 18 Sep 2018
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