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Out-of-home care

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term459120
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 19/08/2011
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Out-of-home care (OOHC) is one of a range of programs provided to children and young people under 18 years of age who are in need of care and protection. This program provides alternative overnight accommodation for children and young people who are unable to live with their parents. These arrangements include foster care, placements with relatives or kin and residential care. In most cases, children in out-of-home care are also on a care and protection order of some kind.

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Out-of-home care is considered an intervention of last resort, with the current emphasis being to keep children with their families wherever possible. Where children, for various reasons, need to be placed in out-of-home care, the practice is to attempt to reunite children with their families. If it is necessary to remove a child from his or her family, then placement within the wider family or community is preferred.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Steward:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2011. Child protection Australia 2009-10. Child welfare series no. 51. Cat. no. CWS 39. Canberra: AIHW.

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Funded out-of-home care placement Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016

Service episode—funded out-of-home care placement Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016

Service episode—funded out-of-home care placement, number N[NN] Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016

Service episode—funded out-of-home care placement, number N[NN] Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016

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