Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care

Managing their health and developmental needs through integrated care

Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) are a highly vulnerable group with increased physical, mental and social health needs and with limited access to health care services.

The Clinical Excellence Division (CED) has partnered with Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQHHS) to fund the development of clinical assessment resources to help clinicians provide children and young people in Out-of-Home Care with the best possible care.

The Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) initiative is a partnership between Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQHHS), Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (DCSYW), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane (ATSICHS), Brisbane North Primary Health Network (BNPHN) and Brisbane South Primary Health Network (BSPHN).

According to the National Clinical Assessment Framework – March 2011 a child or young person entering out-of-home care will undergo two health checks; a Preliminary Health Check which must be completed within 30 days of entering care and a Comprehensive Health and Developmental Assessment to be completed within 90 days of entering care. Health checks on entering care provide important baseline physical, developmental emotional and mental health information.

These assessments can be completed by a range of healthcare providers, including general practitioners (GPs), child and family health nurses and Aboriginal Medical Services.

Assessments are available via PDF or imported to your medical practice software.

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Contact the Out-of-Home Care team for more information.

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