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The Out-of-Home Care Philanthropic Funders Network (the OOHC Network) is a collaborative group of philanthropic organisations with a shared interest in improving the outcomes of children and young people at risk of entering, or with an experience of, out-of-home care (OOHC). The Centre facilitates the OOHC Network, supported by Equity Trustees – the Mars-Stride Trust and David Taylor Galt Charitable Trust.

Through the innovation grants, OOHC Network members support partnerships and collaboration to enable the OOHC sector to co-design and build evidence to support innovation. The previous grants have included:

  • Brighter Futures that supported young people aged 15-23 years with an OOHC experience to achieve their learning goals relating to education, employment, health and wellbeing and housing by fostering meaningful and sustainable relationships between young people and their local community.
  • Growing Up Aboriginal Babies at Home, which will work with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their partners who are identified at risk of their babies or very young children being placed in OOHC, or if removal has already occurred, seek reunification with their babies. VACCA will work with these mums to keep their children safe, well and meeting their development goals.

Out-of-Home Care Reform Survey

The OOHC Network and the Centre are delighted to announce the commencement of the first stage for the innovation grant for the 2021-22 financial year – the Ideas for OOHC Reform Survey.

The purpose of the Ideas for OOHC Reform Survey is to capture your ideas so that the voice of lived experience of OOHC, kinship and foster carers, kinship, foster and residential care workers, workers in community service organisations, community service organisations, researchers, government, and anyone with a passion for improving outcomes for children and young people at risk of entering, or with an OOHC experience, are heard.

We are keen to hear what is the most pressing area of need, where there can be innovation or system change within the OOHC system, where there are current gaps in the system that could be addressed with the development of an innovative idea or program to support children, young people and families, and how we can ameliorate the impacts of COVID-19.

The Ideas for OOHC Reform Survey is the first step in the OOHC Network Innovation Grant program for 2021-22 and will inform the next steps and design for the grant.

This is a unique opportunity for everyone to be involved, to influence and highlight an area of need within OOHC and your idea to affect systemic change. We are keen to hear from a wide range of voices and encourage you to complete this short survey plus share this with your colleagues and networks.  

The survey can be completed anonymously, and is expected to take between 7-12 minutes. It will close on 29th January 2021.

Further information can be found in the attached document which is also available here.

Should you have any questions about this survey please email Rachel Anderson:


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