The Commissioner for Children and Young People in Tasmania undertakes independent, external monitoring of out-of-home care in Tasmania. This monitoring focuses on systemic issues in institutional and administrative practices – it is distinct from complaint handling and individual advocacy. Independent, external monitoring of OOHC at a systemic level is an important oversight function.
There are three components of the Monitoring Program. These different yet interrelated elements are as follows:
The Out-of-Home Care Monitoring Plan: Loved and Safe is available by clicking on the image below.
The Monitoring Plan provides detail about the focus and implementation of the Commissioner’s Monitoring Program. The focus of thematic monitoring is ‘Being Loved and Safe’. Ensuring children and young people in OOHC are loved and safe is a significant contributor to their overall wellbeing.
A summary of the Monitoring Plan, which can be shared with children and young people in OOHC, Summary of Monitoring Plan: ‘Being Loved and Safe”, can be downloaded here.
Monitoring Report No 1 – The Tasmanian Out-of-Home Care System and “Being Healthy” is available by clicking on the image below.
Since her appointment as Commissioner for Children and Young People in November 2018, Leanne McLean has continued monitoring of out-of-home care in accordance with the OOHC Monitoring Plan 2018-19.
On 28 October 2019,the Commissioner released her Monitoring Report No. 1: The Tasmanian Out-of-Home Care System and “Being Healthy“. This is the first report of the CCYP OOHC Monitoring Program. The report explores what Tasmania’s out-of-home care system looks like, who is in it, how it is being reformed, and how we can strengthen it. The report has a particular focus on the participation of children and young people in out-of-home care, as well as on the wellbeing domain of “being healthy”.
In 2018, the Interim Commissioner engaged CREATE Foundation (Tas) to assist with the development of a resource to inform children and young people in out-of-home care about the Commissioner’s Monitoring Program and explain the principles and focus of the Monitoring Program in 2018-19.
The brochure is available by clicking on the image below.
The Out-of-Home Care Monitoring Plan 2018-19 is available by clicking on the image below.
The Monitoring Plan provides detail about the focus and implementation of the Commissioner’s Monitoring Program for 2018-19. In 2018-19, the focus of Thematic Monitoring is: ‘being healthy’. Improving the health outcomes of children and young people in OOHC is a significant contributor to their overall wellbeing.
In addition to an annual focus, thematic monitoring activities focus on the important cross-cutting issue of ‘children and young people’s participation’. In the Monitoring Program, ‘participation’ is understood as referring to children and young people having their voices heard and being actively engaged in decision making processes around matters that affect their lives or are important to them.
Further detail about the monitoring framework and the monitoring questions for the Monitoring Program can be found in the Monitoring Plan.
In April 2018, Interim Commissioner Clements released Laying the Foundations: A Conceptual Plan for Independent Monitoring of Out-of-Home Care in Tasmania. The Conceptual Plan is available by clicking on the image below.
Seven principles guide the design and implementation of the Monitoring Program:
The principle of being child centred is foundational to the program: it emphasises the vital importance of taking a child rights approach to monitoring, such that children and young people in out-of-home care are viewed as individuals with their own rights and agency.
Contact the office to find out more about the Out-of-Home Care Monitoring Program
Telephone: (03) 6166 1366