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The number of infants in Australia entering out-of-home care (OOHC) during the first year of life due to child protection concerns is increasing. Research has found that infants and toddlers entering OOHC have the highest rates of substantiated notifications of maltreatment and are at much higher risk of developmental vulnerability, poor health and attachment problems compared to infants who have not been maltreated and/or placed in OOHC. This FACSIAR Lunch and Learn presented information on current research and practice to improve the health and development trajectories of infants entering OOHC and the best ways to support them and their carers.

Findings were presented from the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS); an update from the NSW Health ‘First 2000 Days Framework’; an overview of the research and practice of how best to support foster/kinship carers of infants; along with information about the ‘Health Pathways’ program for children entering OOHC.

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Last updated: 09 Feb 2024