Placement services - Child Safety Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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Placement services

Placement services provide statutory out-of-home care places (including physical, psychological and emotional care) for children and young people as part of an integrated response, when assessment indicates that separation from their family is unavoidable, to ensure the child's or young person's safety or wellbeing.

A range of services are required to respond to the different levels of support needs of the child or young person and provide stable, quality care within Child Safety Services' case management framework.

The types of placement services include:

Foster and kinship care

Foster and kinship care is provided to a child or young person with moderate to high support needs in a carer's home.

Foster and kinship care services are responsible for recruiting or identifying, training, assessing and supporting carers who have been approved by Child Safety Services.

Approved carers may be eligible to receive cost reimbursement paid directly by Child Safety Services via the Fortnightly Caring Allowance, High Support Needs Allowance and Complex Support Needs Allowance in accordance with Child Safety Services policy.

Foster and kinship carers should have access to regular and emergency short breaks, facilitated by the service.

Note:

  • Some foster and kinship care services may also support carers who have been provisionally approved by Child Safety Services, while those carers are undertaking the formal departmental carer approval process.
  • Some foster and kinship carers are supported directly by Child Safety Services and not a non-government foster and kinship care service.

Intensive foster care

Intensive foster care is provided to a child or young person with complex to extreme support needs in a carer's home where the carers provide specialised care. Typically carers providing intensive foster care will care for only one child or young person at a time.

Intensive foster care services are responsible for recruiting or identifying, training, assessing and supporting carers who have been approved by Child Safety Services.

Approved carers may be eligible to receive cost reimbursement paid directly by Child Safety Services via the Fortnightly Caring Allowance, High Support Needs Allowance and Complex Support Needs Allowance in accordance with Child Safety Services policy.

Carers supported by intensive foster care services should have access to higher levels of regular and emergency short breaks, facilitated by the service, with services also expected to provide on-call support arrangements.

Note:

  • Some intensive foster care services may also support carers who have been provisionally approved by Child Safety Services, while those carers are undertaking the formal departmental carer approval process.

Residential care

Residential care is provided to a young person in residential premises (not a carer's or young person's own home) by paid or contracted workers and/or volunteers.

Residential care is primarily for young people aged 12-17 years with complex to extreme support needs and mostly involves small group care (up to 6 places), though may also accommodate sibling groups with moderate to high needs or individual care arrangements.

Residential care provides an environment that supports the young person in their adolescent development and is an alternative to family based care.

Residential care may include live-in or rostered workers with combinations of awake and sleepover shifts and on-call arrangements. Services are often expected to provide care 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including when young people are not attending school during holiday periods or at other times.

Therapeutic residential care

Therapeutic residential care is provided to a young person in residential premises (not a carer's own home) by paid or contracted workers.

Therapeutic residential care is primarily for young people aged 12-15 years with complex to extreme support needs who require an intensive level of therapeutic care and are unable to be appropriately placed in other forms of out-of-home care. Therapeutic residential care involves small group care (either 4 or 6 places) and may also accommodate sibling groups.

Therapeutic residential care provides a time-limited therapeutic environment conducive to young people recovering from the impact of physical, psychological and emotional trauma and pain resulting from their experience of harm or risk of harm.

Therapeutic residential care services will be provided in a least restrictive environment, which is designed to minimise the risk of self-harming and violence.

Indigenous Safe House

Indigenous Safe Houses deliver a supervised residential care service in remote Indigenous communities providing placements for children and young people aged 0-17 years, and a related Family Intervention service providing practical supports to families, and parenting interventions during supervised contact consistent with case plan goals.

Supported independent living

Supported independent living is provided to a young person in residential premises (not a carer's or young person's own home) by paid or contracted workers and/or volunteers, where the workers generally do not live in the house but provide external support through regular visiting.

Supported independent living involves individual or small group living and is most suited for young people aged 15-17 years with moderate to complex support needs who are transitioning to independent living.

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