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We are always better together than we are apart

The Children in Care Collective is an interagency think-tank formed in 2016 to share experience, discuss best practice, learn from researchers and policy experts in out of home care and advocate for change.

Members of the Collective are out-of-home care service providers and academic centres from across Australia. Together they provide a unique combination of practitioner and academic wisdom and experience. The Collective uses evidence-based practice, practitioner knowledge, research and the expert knowledge of children and young people themselves to address difficult systemic issues for children and young people with complex needs living in out-of-home care.


Lisa Giacomelli, Executive Director of Child and Family Services for Lifestyle Solutions, has recently been elected Chair of the Children in Care Collective.

Read the Official Announcement...


The Children in Care Collective acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and honours their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders past, present and emerging.

The Collective

is made up of the following dedicated organisations

Each logo is linked to the home site of that organisation. Please follow the link to find out more about a particular organisation.

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*Secretariat for the Collective is provided by Life Without Barriers
Membership is open to out-of-home care service providers or leading academic experts in the field of working with children with complex needs. Enquiries about membership can be made through the Contact us form.

Children in Care Collective

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