New focus on wellbeing

New focus on wellbeing

QAF Child Outcomes infographic. A text alternative is available below.

A text alternative to this infographic is available.

The World Health Organisation defines wellbeing as ‘the realisation of one’s physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual potential’. Wellbeing is quality of life.

Wellbeing is considered the bedrock for stability and a key influence on positive outcomes for children.

Many children and young people who enter statutory OOHC have lower levels of wellbeing than the general population. This can result from experiences like family loss or neglect.

These children and young people are more likely to develop social, emotional, behavioural and mental health problems, and these problems can be inter-related.

For example, a young person with a substance use problem can also experience depression.

Conversely, having positive family relationships and a sense of belonging is positively related to psychological wellbeing.

How the QAF is assessing wellbeing

The QAF is trialling a variety of measures to assess levels of wellbeing so we can eventually roll out a tool that best fits the needs of practitioners, agencies and carers.

The tools include objective and subjective measures which seek to include the views of:

They also pay particular attention to different stages of development, culture, and age.

It is essential that we use standardised and tested tools to measure wellbeing. When applied consistently, these tools ensure reliable outcomes that help us to track a child’s wellbeing over time and support his or her ongoing improvement.