Each year the circumstances of each child and young person in long-term state care are required to be reviewed at a meeting called for that purpose. It is a time when the adults in the child’s life come together to consider the child’s stability, sense of belonging, connectedness to carer and birth families, cultural identity, physical safety, emotional security, development opportunities, academic achievement and wishes now and for the future.
The Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People attends some of the Annual Reviews as part of its monitoring function and to advocate for improved outcomes. It is an external audit process that provides feedback to the child protection agency on the circumstances for children and the quality of the casework service.
In 2013-14 the Office audited 208 reviews which was 16.5 per cent of the reviews which were held in that year.
Find out what the Office learned from the Audit of Annual Reviews Report 2013-14.
Or get it at a glance in the summary infographic.