Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Glossary Item|
|Registration status:||Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021|
Out-of-home care (OOHC) is overnight care for children aged under 18 who are unable to live with their families due to child safety concerns. This includes placements approved by the department responsible for child protection for which there is ongoing case management and financial payment (including where a financial payment has been offered but has been declined by the carer).
Out-of-home care includes legal (court-ordered) and voluntary placements, as well as placements made for the purpose of providing respite for parents and/or carers.
Collection and usage attributes
As out-of-home care requires significant intervention in a child’s life, it is used as a last resort. The current priority is to keep children safely at home with their families wherever possible. If this is not possible the preferred option is to place the child within their wider family or community.
Once a child is placed in out-of-home care, efforts are focused on maintaining the stability of their placement (permanency) and/or reuniting the child with their family if appropriate (reunification). Regardless of whether a child remains in out-of-home care on a long-term basis or reunites with their family, the goal is to provide a stable, safe environment for the child to grow up in.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Steward:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2020. Child protection Australia 2018-19. Child welfare series no. 72. Cat. no. CWS 74. Canberra: AIHW.
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Out-of-home care Children and Families, Superseded 20/01/2021, Community Services (retired), Recorded 19/08/2011
|Metadata items which use this glossary item:|
Child—reunification type Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021
Child—reunification type, code N[N] Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021
Funded out-of-home care placement Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021
Service episode—funded out-of-home care placement Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021
Service episode—funded out-of-home care placement, number N[NN] Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021