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What we aim to achieve

Our Vision of Success

Children and young people actively participate in decisions that enable them to growup healthy, safe, strong and self-determining, with information about sources of assistance and support being readily available and accessible.

Our Goals


We are building our practice capabilities based on academic and expert practitioner evidence.


We are partnering with others to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care service system.


We advocate to ensure the rights of all children are recognised and respected, prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in care with complex needs.


We are establishing a national network of service providers, practitioners and academics working collaboratively and proactively to improve the care of children with complex needs living in out-of-home care.

Our Policy Priorities

The Collective focuses on specific priorities in advocating for systems reform and increasing agency capability and develops its work plan within this framework. Wherever possible, the Collective ensures its work is in alignment with peak bodies and departments in order to

maximise its cooperative contribution.

The Collective’s current priorities are summarised below.

Health and wellbeing of all the children in care

Improving the health and well-being of children and young people in out-of-home care.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Partnering with ACCOs and First Nations peak bodies to identify strategies to increase the number of Aboriginal children placed with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.

Supporting children

Improving support for children in out-of-home care who have experienced sexual abuse or display harmful sexual behaviours.

Supporting carers

Better supporting carers of children and young people with complex needs.

Improving outcomes

Improving planning and support for young people transitioning to independence.

Children in Care Collective

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