Identifying strategies to better support foster, kinship and permanent carers: Final report
Aug 12, 2022
The Australian Institute of Family Studies recently released “Identifying strategies to better support foster, kinship and permanent carers: Final report”. Carers make a huge contribution in supporting children and young people who experience vulnerability and come into contact with child safety systems. With growing demand for carers and in the face of a range of challenges and barriers they face, the report identifies practice principles and priority actions that enable better carer satisfaction, retention and provision of support to carers to undertake this important work.
Carer voice, involvement, decision making provisions and cultural safety are key themes within the practice principles in the report. A number of key priority actions are outlined including supporting increased involvement of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations in the care and protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and in supporting carers, a review of carer payments for adequacy, and national minimum standards or guidance for carer support.