New code of practice for out-of-home care agencies – submissions closing soon

The Office of the Children’s Guardian is developing a code of practice for agencies that provide out-of-home care and adoption services in NSW.

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This is part of our work to align the out-of-home care and adoption standards with the Child Safe Standards.

Consultations on the code of practice were run in 2021 and 2022, with the final round of submissions closing on 2 April 2024.

If approved, the code of practice will be the accreditation criteria for agencies to obtain and maintain accreditation. 

The code of practice will do 3 important things:

  1. set out practice requirements to support children and young people in statutory out-of-home care or adoption arrangements
  2. set out how the 10 Child Safe Standards are to be implemented in the statutory out-of-home care and adoption sector
  3. set out the requirements to achieve and maintain accreditation.

Principal officers of each agency have been emailed the consultation paper, a draft of the amended Regulation, and a draft implementation handbook. 

Feedback is due by 2 April:

More about reviewing our accreditation and monitoring processes.

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