In August 2018, FACS established a time-limited internal think tank called the Alternative Care Arrangements Taskforce (ACAT) to help identify and implement specific and targeted short, medium and long-term strategies and initiatives to create permanency and improve outcomes for children and young people in alternative care arrangements (ACA) that will:
- Increase transitions to more suitable and permanent homes.
- Reduce the duration of these arrangements
- Limit and/or prevent entries into these arrangements.
To help drive solutions and outcomes for this cohort, FACS in partnership with members of the Ministerial Advisory Group is calling for an Expression of Interest in 2019 to expand the membership of this group to include six NGO representatives from the out-of-home care sector including interested parties representative of the:
- Ministerial Advisory Group on Vulnerable Children, Young People and Families No.2
- Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs)
- NSW Funded Service Providers and Peak Bodies
- Diverse geographical representation (metropolitan, regional, rural and remote)
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse organisations.
Members will be asked to represent the best interests of children, their location and broader sector. Meetings will occur monthly for an hour and a half. Meetings will be co-chaired between FACS and AbSec and ACWA. The Terms of Reference is available for viewing.
Please complete the EOI form and submit to: DirectorAlternativeCareArrangements@facs.nsw.gov.auby COB February 14 2019.
For further information contact Tracey Stokoe Director, Alternative Care Arrangements Team: firstname.lastname@example.org