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Annual Report 2015-2016 Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory



Annual Report 2015-2016 Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory

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Foster Care Places During 2015-16, Territory Families registered 177 new Places of Care (POC) or carers. In that same period the registrations of 152 existing carers lapsed. This reporting year the OoHC system experienced an 11 per cent increase in POCs. As at 30 June 2016, there were 454 POCs in the NT OoHC system, which is an increase of 5 per cent from the previous year. As shown in Figure 13, there were no POCs specifically registered for the purposes of Crisis Care, i.e. to provide short-term emergency care, which might be after hours or on weekends. In 2014-15 there were only 2 POCs specifically registered. There were 169 (37%) POCs registered to provide general foster care for a broad range of children. Another 205 POCs (45%) were registered to provide care for an extended family member or a member of their kinship group. A further 80 (18%) POCs provided care for a specific child not related to them. The proportion of care placements that consist of extended family or kin has further decreased from 47 per cent in 2014-15 to 45 per cent in 2015-16. Such kinship placements help the children maintain links with family and culture. Figure 13: Places of Care by Aboriginality and Carer Type, as at 30 June 2016 180 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 General 33 Specific Kinship Crisis Source: Territory Families 2016 136 17 63 163 42 0 0 Note: Each POC could have one or more carers. If one of the carers is Aboriginal it is considered an Aboriginal placement. Due to data realignment these figures are not comparable to 2011-12 figures that were previously provided. Aboriginal Non-Aboriginal Figure 13 shows that most non-Aboriginal care places provide general foster care, whilst most Aboriginal care places provide kinship care. OFFICE OF THE CHILDRENS COMMISSIONER NORTHERN TERRITORY ANNUAL REPORT 2015-1658

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