Home-Based Care Handbook

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Home Care IconThis handbook has been developed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) in liaison with the Foster Care Association of Victoria. This handbook starts to address issues in home-based care but is not a rule book and does not explain every issue that may arise. Many of these issues require careful consideration on an indivisual basis. This handbook reflects relevant legislation, policy, standards, current procedures and practice guidance. It is a resource to assist carers and workers improve the standard of care for children and young people in foster care and adolescent community placement. It should be read alongside a number of other documents (Refer to the listed References Below).

Health Act 1958
Effective Date: 01/01/2010 Version: 117

Health Records Act 2001
Effective Date: 02/04/2009 Version: 020

Home Based Care Handbook Revised 2007
This handbook has been developed by DHS in liaison with the Foster Care Association of Victoria.

Information Sharing Guide - Family and Out-of-home Care Services
Detailed information sharing guides is provided for: Community services (family services and out-of-home care services)

Looking After Children In Victoria (LAC)
The Looking After Children framework attempts to strengthen communication and collaboration between carers, DHS staff, community service organisation staff, other professionals, clients and their families.

Management Response to Inhalant Use 2002
DHS has a clear policy that does not permit the passive observation/ supervision of clients using inhalants.

Health and Information Privacy Principles
The Information Privacy Act 2000 and the Health Records Act 2001 regulate the information handling of personal and health information. It includes standards for information collection, storage, access, transmission, disclosure, use and disposal.

Community Service Organisations (CSOs) Registration Standards published in the Victorian Government Gazette
The Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (CYFA) provides for the Minister for Community Services to determind performance (registration) standards to be met by reigstered CSOs providing family and out of home care services.

Student Support Groups and Individual Education Plans
Student Support Groups provide children in out-of-home care with a formal support network at school. School principals must establish a Student Support Group (SSG) for every child and young person in care. This section outlines the role and aims of a SSG, who should attend and how it should operate.

Voluntary Placements Handbook
Voluntary placements are those with no court order requiring the child or young person to live in a placement provided by a community service and where the parents, or in some cases the child or young person, may end the placement when they want to.

Working With Children - Police Checks
The Working with Children (WWC) Check creates a mandatory minimum checking standard across Victoria. The WWC Check helps to keep children safe by preventing those who pose a risk to the safety of children from working with them, in either paid or volunteer work.

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