Service use and support for children in OOHC and their carers

Out of home care
Wednesday 25 July, 1400 – 1420


Professor Ilan Katz
Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales

This paper will present results from the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study’s first two waves of data. The paper will examine how different subpopulations (Aboriginal, culturally and linguistically diverse, rural, urban, and those in kinship and foster care) use services as they progress through the care system and how service use is related to need. The presentation also examines formal and informal support used by kinship and foster carers, and how this is related to the needs of the children in their care.

The presentation particularly examines the role of caseworkers, including children and carers’ contact with caseworkers over time, how caseworker contact is associated with use of health and other support services, and with children and carers’ wellbeing over the three waves.