$55 million to further progress out-of-home care reform

Out-of-home care: a five year plan cover
20 October 2014
Out-of-home care: a five year plan cover

The Victorian Government has announced new funding of $55 million to further progress the systemic reforms outlined in Out-of-home care: a five year plan.

The five-year plan was released in March 2014 supported by a $128 million funding package. The plan outlines significant reforms to the way the out-of-home care system operates to better meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people in care.

The new funding will drive improvements in the safety and quality of care provided to vulnerable children and young people in residential and home-based care, while also developing strategies to stem the growth of placements.

The new funding is aligned to the goals of the five-year plan and is being targeted as follows:

  • $31.5 million to improve the immediate safety and wellbeing of children in care
  • $15.6 million to create more placement options
  • $8 million to slow growth in placements with a focus on Aboriginal children.

The roll-out of these initiatives will require government and out-of-home care providers to work closely to develop innovative approaches to keeping vulnerable children and young people in care safe from harm and placed in an environment that best suits their needs.

To find out more about the funding, please visit the Investment to support out-of-home care reform webpage on this site.

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