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Increasing permanency for children in out-of-home care

Double the number of children in safe and permanent homes by 2023 for children in, or at risk of entering, out-of-home care.

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Why is this important?

All children deserve a safe and stable home.

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and protecting them from risk of harm, abuse and neglect. In Australia, each state has laws to keep children safe and to make sure their needs are met. In NSW this law is the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

Our first priority is to work towards keeping families safely together. We want to support families with the services they need so that children and young people can stay safely at home, or return home after a break. Where this is not possible, we will use the permanent placement principles to ensure that a child or young person has a safe, loving and permanent home.

How are we tracking?

In NSW we are getting more effective at using early intervention strategies to keep children with their families. As at 30 June 2018, there has been a 44 per cent reduction in the number of children entering out-of-home care over two years. NSW now has the lowest rate of children admitted into care in Australia and the second lowest rate for Aboriginal children, after Tasmania.

NSW also leads the nation in adoptions from out-of-home care with a record 140 in 2017–18 and another 121 adoptions to date in 2018–19.

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