Changes for workers providing direct care to children and young people in residential care (OoHC)
Recently the DHHS announced changes to the qualifications required for people providing direct care to children in a residential care homes. As of 1 January 2018, all residential care workers providing direct care to children in a residential care home funded or delivered by the Department of Health and Human Services (the department) are required to hold, or be undertaking, either:
• Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out of home care), including a mandatory trauma unit of competency; or
• a recognised relevant qualification, plus completion of a short top up skills course (listed below).
Work effectively in trauma informed care
Work with children and young people with complex trauma and attachment issues and needs
Provide primary residential care
Facilitate responsible behaviour
This applies to all workers (full time, part time or casual) who provide direct care to children and young people in residential care.
In May 2016 the Minister for Families and Children, and the Minister for Training and Skills announced $8m in funding with a further $1.2m announced in November 2016 to support agencies and workers with this transition. In partnership with the Centre for Excellence for Children and Family Welfare, both the Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention and the top up courses will be funded for eligible participants.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible to participate in this initiative, you will need to meet the following criteria:
Work directly with children and young people in residential care
Be employed by an organisation that receives funding from the department to provide residential out-of-home care for children and young people
Be employed as a full time, part time, or casual worker – but not as a temporary agency or an unpaid volunteer.
ONCALL ensures that all our staff have their appropriate qualifications and necessary requirements every time they go on shift. We applaud the DHHS for bringing into effect these new requirements to safeguard standards for children in residential care. The highest standard of care is something we at ONCALL strive for every day.
We are working closely with the DHHS and other stakeholders to understand the implications for our workforce and the wider sector and will endeavour to make this process of upskilling as smooth as possible.
Things are beginning to change in the sector and will continue to change as we progress toward January 1 2018. We’ve created this page to provide a resource on all for our staff and for anyone else that has an interest.