Automatic language translation
Our website uses an automatic service to translate our content into different languages. These translations should be used as a guide only. See our Accessibility page for further information.
The Department refers children to the OOHC Health Pathway within 14 days of entry into care.
PSP providers contact their local CFDU to request referral to the OOHC Health Pathway if a child has not been referred to the pathway at the time of transfer to their primary case responsibility.
If a child is not eligible for the OOHC Health Pathway (entry to OOHC before 2010), a PSP provider ensures a similar health assessment occurs and the recommendations become part of the child’s case planning and review. Children who entered statutory OOHC prior to 2010 with a significant health need can be referred to the OOHC Health Pathway.
Note: All young people are referred to the OOHC Health Pathway when they turn 15 years of age.
See also OOHC Health pathways
The OOHC Education Pathway is in place to provide collaborative and consistent educational support to each child to be engaged in suitable quality education and help them to reach their full learning potential.
The Notice to a school form is lodged within 14 days, if a child:
This informs the school the child is under the parental responsibility of the Minister and enables collaborative education support for the child.
Caseworkers organise a meeting with the school within 30 days of notifying a child is in OOHC, to undertake Personalised Learning and Support Planning.
All Aboriginal children attending a Department of Education school have a Personalised Learning Pathway (PLP) plan as part of the Personalised Learning and Support Planning (PLaSP). For a change of circumstance, use a change of detail advice (DOCX, 81.1 KB) form.
The child’s educational needs are reviewed:
While the minimum review period is once per year, it is recommended that the child’s needs be reviewed once per semester. The annual review is timed with the case plan review, wherever possible.
PSP providers ensure that every school-age child is:
24 Feb 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.