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Reasons to use the QAF

Reasons to use the QAF

The QAF offers a range of benefits to practitioners, without being administratively burdensome.

Infographic called The QAF in Action, summarising the benefits and process of the QAF. Link to a text alternative is available below

A text alternative to this infographic is available.

The QAF gives practitioners a choice of practical measures to obtain information that can help them make decisions in case planning.

The QAF measures aim to shift our focus from monitoring the type, frequency and level of support provided, to assessing the impact our supports have on a child’s safety, permanency and wellbeing.

The QAF allows practitioners to take a holistic view of a child or young person’s journey over time.

It provides information that’s easy to interpret and covers:

  • a child or young person’s entry into statutory OOHC
  • information on safety, permanency and wellbeing to inform what services and supports the child or young person may need
  • the impact of that help.

The QAF collects information from a range of reliable tools and sources, including:

  • children and young people
  • carers
  • Family and Community Services (FACS)
  • non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • other NSW government agencies, like Education and Health.

When all these information sources come together, they’re presented in a single summary referred to as a ‘Child Overview’ that caseworkers can use to inform case planning for every child in statutory OOHC.

Starting from 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.