Looking After Children - keeping informed
This page has been created to provide you with the latest information about what is happening in relation to Looking After Children in Victoria and elsewhere.
Commencement of 2011 Looking After Children (LAC) Outcomes Data project
Dr Sarah Wise has commenced work on the 2011 Looking After Children (LAC) Outcomes Data Project that has been commissioned by the Department of Human Services Dr Wise undertook the previous LAC Outcomes data project when she was at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. She was also responsible for ensuring that the new Assessment and Progress records have improved capacity to derive meaningful outcomes data.
This project involves the collation and analysis of outcomes data derived from 262 Assessment and Action Records completed during 2009-10 and 505 Assessment and Progress Records completed during 2010-11 and then comparing data from these additional 767 LAC records with the findings from the 2007-08 LAC Outcomes Data project (based on data derived from 614 LAC records).
Preliminary analysis indicates that the 767 additional records are representative of all age groups, gender balance and foster care, residential care and lead tenant care, and regions. There are also some Assessment and Progress Records (A&PRs) completed by the new kinship service providers.
Dr Wise’s technical report presenting the detailed findings is on track to be completed by the end of February 2012. The Department of Human Services will then prepare a report highlighting the significant findings for dissemination to participating community service organisations and more generally.
10th International Looking After Children Conference
The 10th International Looking After Children Conference is being held from 4-7 September 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland under the title:
All Our Children: positive experiences, successful outcomes for looked after and other vulnerable children
This conference aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, managers and policy makers, to address topical issues facing vulnerable children and young people, and their families. The programme will highlight three overarching themes: perspectives of children and young people; organisational change and effective intervention.
The call for papers will be available shortly through www.eusarf2012.org . Conference organisers will be accepting abstract submissions from the 31st January. If you have a booking enquiry or would like further information about the Conference please email the Conference organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check their website for regular updates and information at www.celcis.org.