Jamie Hodgson

Biography

Jamie Hodgson – State Director for Key Assets – The Children’s Services Provider (NSW) since April 2012, Jamie brings over twenty years’ experience in out of home care, child protection and human services in the UK and Australia.

ABSTRACT

NSW is leading Australia in the development and trial of a framework – the QAF – to reliably and consistently measure individual outcomes for children and young people in statutory out-of-home care and provide this information to caseworkers to drive their practice.

Since presenting at the 2016 Child Aware Conference significant progress has been made and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, the Parenting Research Centre, Burran Dalai Aboriginal Corporation, Key Assets Fostering NSW and Mackillop Family Services are working in partnership to trial the QAF across three sites in NSW.

This presentation will focus on what we have learnt so far from the implementation trial, including facilitators and barriers, and highlight the collaborative work being undertaken. This includes identifying and integrating valid and reliable wellbeing measures into casework practice, development of self-survey instruments and work to progress the wellbeing domain of cultural and spiritual identity for Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse children and young people.

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