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Glossary Term Out of Home Care
- Glossary Term and Type of 'care'
'Out-of-home care' is the term used by the Department of Human Services in Victoria to describe when a child or young person is placed in care away from their parents.
In the vast majority of cases, the placement of a child or young person into out of home care takes place following child protection intervention and in accordance with an order granted by the Children's
Out-of-home care includes two main types of care: residential care and home-based care.
Residential care is provided by paid staff employed by a community service organisation (CSO). Residential care properties usually house
three or four people at a time and these are generally, though not always, adolescents.
Home-based care is provided by people in their own homes. Home-based care includes foster care, kinship care and permanent care. A number of CSOs across the state are
funded by the Department of Human Services to deliver home-based care.
- Department of Human Services, The Home-based Care Handbook, September 2007, http://www.cyf.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/17129/phome-based-care-handbook-revised-2007.pdf. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Human Services, The Home-based Care Handbook, September 2007, http://www.cyf.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/17129/phome-based-care-handbook-revised-2007.pdf.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 19 May 2009, Last modified: 28 October 2011