Out-of-Home Care Agency Accreditation - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this accreditation if you intend to provide out-of-home care services for children and young people in New South Wales. Out-of-home care programs provide care to children and young people who may not be able to live safety at home or who have been placed in someone else?s care by the children?s court.

There are two types of out-of-home care services that require accreditation:

  • Statutory out-of-home care is provided to children and young people for at least 14 days when the Children?s Court makes an order or the young person is designated a ?protected person"
  • Voluntary out-of-home care is arranged between a parent and an organisation when there are no concerns for the child's safety.

You can apply to the New South Wales Office of the Children?s Guardian for accreditation to provide statutory out-of-home care services. When you apply for this accreditation, you will have the option to also apply for accreditation to provide voluntary out-of-home care services

You may be granted full or provisional accreditation. Provisional accreditation will involve an indirect assessment of your out-of-home care practices and procedures. Full accreditation may be granted when you begin providing out-of-home care services and after an evidence based review of your out-of-home care practices and procedures.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for provisional accreditation, you must:

  • be a charitable or not-for-profit organisation
  • demonstrate how you will comply with the New South Wales Child Safe Standards for Permanent Care
  • submit to a full review of your out-of-home care practices and procedures.

To be eligible for full accreditation, you must:

  • be currently accredited by the Office of the Children?s Guardian
  • be due for accreditation renewal
  • have provided out-of-home care services during the 12 months prior to your current accreditation expiry date
  • demonstrate how you have complied with the New South Wales Child Safe Standards for Permanent Care
  • submit to a full evidence based review of your out-of-home care practices and procedures.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Prerequisites

Ongoing requirements

As an accredited out-of-home care provider, you must comply with all the conditions of accreditation issued by the Office of the Children?s Guardian.

Transferability

You may apply to the Office of the Children?s Guardian to transfer your accreditation to another eligible organisation. The office must give its express written authorisation before a transfer can take place.

Duration

The provisional accreditation period is 3 years. The full accreditation period can be between 1 to 5 years.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Additional information

All accredited statutory out-of-home care organisations are publicly listed with the Office of the Children?s Guardian.

The office may place conditions on your accreditation.

The office may request additional information with your application.

You have the right to an administrative review of any decision made by the office in regards to your application.

Administering agency

Office of the Children's Guardian

Act(s) name

Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Regulation 2012 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Accreditation
Office of the Children's Guardian


Operating address:
Level 13
418A Elizabeth St
Surry Hills
New South Wales 2010

Phone:

02 8219 3600

Fax:

02 8219 3699
accreditation@kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au

Supporting information

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