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Glossary Term Special Contract Care (1985 - )
- Glossary Term and Government-run
- Alternative Names
The Special Contract Care Program, run by the Department of Community Services, placed children who were disturbed or had offended with families who were specifically trained and supported to look after them. Children were placed in 'care' for a specific length of time but that could be extended. An important aspect of the program was that children were placed in or near to their own family and community so that they could return when they finished. Contract Care was an alternative to placing children in institutions such as Ashley. It could also be an interim step between coming out of Ashley and moving into private accommodation.
Under the Special Contract Care Program, case workers worked out goals with the children and provided support so that they could attain them. One case worker supervised the child while another ran the program. This ensured that the case worker also received support. When children finished the Program, their caseworker remained with them.
- Department of Community Services: Annual Report 1989-90, 1990. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Community Services: Annual Report 1989-90, 1990.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 30 January 2012, Last modified: 9 April 2013