Quality Assurance Program
- Children and young people receive care that promotes their health, well-being and development in order to achieve their full potential.
- Children and young people from different cultural backgrounds receive culturally safe care.
- Children and young people in care feel safe and secure.
- Risk management and feedback mechanisms exist to identify issues and inform continuous improvement.
- Children and young people experience stability and if unable to return home permanency.
- All children and young people are engaged to develop and maintain connections to their family, culture, community and peers.
- Children and young people are participants in decision making as appropriate for their age and development.
- Care delivered to children and young people is best practice and evidence based, outcomes are monitored, measured and issues arising are acted upon to improve systems and care for individuals.
- promote quality care and support for children and young people in care
- improve the system of out of home care across the Northern Territory; it is not intended as a punitive process.
- support continuous quality improvement while addressing accountability through quality assurance processes
- promote ongoing development of internal systems and processes
- support capacity building for the service provider.
The National Standards for out-of-home care
The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations
Charter of Rights for children and young people in care in the Northern Territory.
- Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma Loss and Grief Network aims to increase awareness and knowledge amongst a range of professionals working with children and young people affected by trauma and grief. They offer resources including webinars. . Their e-learning course ‘Trauma and the Child’ is for families and carers who are responsible for the care of children who have experienced traumatic experiences, has moved to https://emergingminds.com.au/training/.
- Australian Childhood Foundation’s Professional Community site has the following resources to support professionals in working with vulnerable children. Some of these resources may be valuable for carers and or service providers.
- SMART online (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma) Program is an online learning course that focuses on supporting children and young people in a range of educational and other settings. This course is free and can be completed at your own pace.
- Consultancy and tailored training packages.
- Free downloadable resources for professional to use in their practice.
- Safe Guarding Children Program. This program works with organisations that provide programs and activities for children and young people, to make them safer and less vulnerable to exploitation.
- Australian Human Rights Commission, and Children’s Rights.
- National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
- Centre on the Developing Child. The information in the resource library presents information, especially scientific information in a way that is accessible to a wide range of readers.
- Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) is the Australian Institute of Family Studies information hub for evidence, resources and support for professionals working in the child, family and community welfare sector.
- Child Trauma Academy is based in the United States Community of Practice working to improve the lives of maltreated and traumatised children they offer free online courses on trauma.
- CREATE Foundation CREATE Foundation is the national consumer body representing the voices of children and young people in out of home care experience (including kinship care, foster care and residential care).
- Emerging Minds National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health is a website that provides resources and is the result of partnerships between with the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the Parenting Research network, Royal College of General Practitioners and the Australian National University. It has been established to help professionals and parents or carers to support children at risk of mental health conditions.
- Foster and Kinship Charter of Rights.
- Foster Care Online Training Australia (FCOTA) is a not for profit organisation that offers training courses for people caring and working in the out of home care sector.
- Fostering Difference a website created by Sara McLean (BSC, M Clin Psych, PhD) to provide foster parents and support workers with easily accessible information and evidence informed approaches to supporting children with developmental difference.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The network was created in the United States to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. The resources are more suited to professionals but may be of interest to carers.
- National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020. Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020.
- Office of the eSafety Commissioner has online safety resources for schools, parents and communities.
- Raising Children Network is a complete online resource for Australian parents and carers on everyday parenting issues.
- Child sexual abuse: talking to children 0-11 years
- Child sexual abuse: talking to teenagers
- Preventing child sexual abuse in your family and community
- Signs that someone is involved in child sexual abuse
- Signs of sexual abuse in children and teenagers
- Grooming: recognising the signs
- Problematic and harmful sexual behaviour in children and teenagers
- Child sexual abuse: what to do if a child is sexually abused
- Child sexual abuse: help and support for children
- Child sexual abuse: helplines and services
- Sexual assault and teenagers
- SNAICC- National Voice for Our Children is the national non-government peak body in Australia representing the interested of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
- SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children interpretation of the National Standards for Out of Home Care 2013.
Further information & assistance
Last updated: 15 April 2021
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