FACS is trialling the QAF in the following OOHC services areas, supported by the Parenting Research Centre:
We’ll continue trialling the QAF until December 2018.
Some carers are already screening the emotional and mental health of the children and young people in their care, using the Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL) and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ).
Feedback from trial sites has reported that the SDQ and CBCL are helping case planning by identifying the need for additional supports like occupational therapy, extra-curricular activities and school supports.
These agencies now have a measure of their children and young people’s wellbeing to compare with future results.
The trial sites are now receiving a Child Overview summary, containing information about safety and permanency.
This includes information about risk of significant harm (ROSH) reports received, days in placement, placement type and stability.
Work is progressing to obtain key information from NSW Education and NSW Health about individual children and young people in OOHC, like NAPLAN and school attendance.
The next version of the Child Overview, due for release in 2018, will include child wellbeing information obtained from the carer reports.
We’re working to incorporate all children and young people’s self reports into one online system. This will include the self report which measures how children and young people feel about their personal safety, security and permanency, and the Multi-Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM) about cultural identity.
We expect to start a trial of the online survey in June 2018.
While the QAF explicitly focuses on culture for Aboriginal children and young people, there is no precedent for measuring cultural and spiritual identity specific to Aboriginal children in NSW.
That’s why the QAF team is partnering with Burrun Dalai Aboriginal Corporation to develop a tool for trial and links with current work. These initiatives will draw from:
The Parenting Research Centre and UNSW Social Policy Research Centre are collecting lessons from the QAF trial and will draw from results once complete in December 2018.
These findings will eventually help us implement the QAF statewide.Implementation of the QAF will be staged according to the capacity of key systems such as ChildStory to manage the QAF. We expect that implementation planning will be complete by end 2018, with staged implementation beginning in 2019.