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Watch our short four minute video explaining changes under the Permanency Support Program (PSP).
We have produced a full-length interview-style video and six shorter videos which cover specific policy components. The videos aim to build awareness and understanding of permanency planning in casework. They also clarify the roles and responsibilities of DCJ and PSP providers in the new service system.
Additional videos on specific components of the Permanency Case Management Policy (PCMP):
This short video provides information to prospective guardians. It explains how guardians make all parenting decisions, receive an allowance and access all services in the community, just like other NSW parents.
This short video explains how open adoption embraces issues of identity, openness and the value of a child's cultural and racial heritage. It includes the involvement of birth parents in the adoption and supports sharing of information, contact and building relationships, which are based on the child's best interests.
DCJ has been working hard to improve the way we assess concern reports received of children under the parental responsibility of the Minister. These efforts include improving how DCJ partners with PSP providers when responding to a child protection report through Alternate Assessment. These changes aim to strengthen partnership at key decision-making points, recognise the unique vulnerabilities of children in OOHC, attend more individually to each child’s experience of cumulative harm, and improve safety planning.
We have produced three short videos on family finding, parent responsibility contracts and family group conferencing. These programs are tools to support DCJ and PSP casework practitioners to keep children safely at home, and connected to their family, kin and community.
Two extra videos explaining the changes under PSP and the trial of the QAF can be found below.
This short video explains how the Family Finding model can be used by DCJ and PSP practitioners to connect children with family and other people, who will love and support them now and in the future. All children deserve the opportunity to build these important lifelong connections
This short video explains how family group conferencing (FGC) can be used by child protection practitioners to bring family members together to make important decisions and a joint plan to support a child or young person at risk of entering care and their parents.
This short video explains how parent responsibility contracts can be used by child protection practitioners to support parents to sustain change so they can keep their children safe at home.
Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeny discusses the importance of permanence and felt security for children and young people in long term care. Michael highlights how pre-care and in-care experiences affect development and mental health. He discusses how the care system can support more positive outcomes for children through establishing placement security, early and effectively.
In 2018, DCJ trialled the Quality Assurance Framework with three PSP providers (Burrun Dalai Aboriginal Corporation Incorporated, Key Assets, MacKillop Family Services) and one DCJ district (Mid North Coast District).
Watch this (2017) short video and find out how the trial helped Key Assets Fostering, one of our service provider partners.
For more QAF resources, see Quality Assurance Framework (QAF), SDQ and Child and Young Person Questionnaires.
27 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.