Children and Youth Services is seeking information about the availability of Specialist Home-based Care in Tasmania that would complement the existing statutory Out of Home Care (OOHC) service continuum.
The key distinguishing feature of this OOHC placement type is the role of the “Specialist Carer” who is the principal therapeutic resource for the child in their care. A specialist carer is one with recognised qualifications and/or demonstrable skills and experience that equip them to fulfil the dual role requirements of ‘therapist’ and ‘approved foster carer’ and who will work intensively with the child for 6 to 12 months in their own home as a family member. The targeted therapeutic intervention required and delivered by the Specialist carer delineates this care type and these carers from volunteer carers (foster or kin).
Each year, Children and Youth Services would seek to place relatively few children in this type of specialist family-based care, recognising that the children are not yet ready for a less intensive home-based/family-based environment.
Children and Youth Services is seeking information about the feasibility of such an approach outlined above, the likely capacity of individuals and organisation to participate in delivering such a service and the assumptions made in relation to a service model for Specialist Home-based Care in Tasmania.