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Permanency is aimed at reunifying children in out-of-home care with their families where possible. When family reunification is not possible, permanency planning efforts focus on placing children with another legally permanent family such as relatives, adoptive families who obtain legal custody, or guardians (Figure 6.1 shows permanency events; see also Osmond & Tilbury 2012).
Given the importance of ensuring stability and permanency for children, the Permanency Outcomes Performance Framework (POPF) (Prentice 2018; Seselja 2017) was developed to measure performance in out-of-home care with regard to permanency. The full set of POPF indicators previously reported in Child protection Australia will be released as a separate product later in 2022. Child protection Australia reports will focus on data for children exiting out-of-home to a permanency outcome such as reunification with family, placement in a third-party parental care arrangement or adoption, and the time taken to achieve the outcome.
Note: Refer to the glossary for an explanation of items.
Box 6.1 outlines data limitations and comparability issues for reporting on permanency.
Some notable issues which affect the completeness and comparability of permanency data include:
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