Children and young people in care
In reading this handbook, the terms ‘child’ and ‘children’ also refer to ‘young person’ and ‘young people’. The term ‘in care’ also means ‘out of home care’. A glossary is also available to assist you with understanding other terminology used in this handbook.
It is recognised some carers may open their home to more than one child, for example, siblings. Whether you are caring for one child or multiple children, the information and advice provided in this handbook is equally as important for you. When reading this information, please keep in mind your own situation.
Case managers and carer support
As a carer, you will work with many people to ensure the effective care of a child. Two key people are case managers and carer support workers.
Depending on whether you are working with Child and Youth Protection Services (CYPS) or ACT Together, there may be different names for these people. For example, at CYPS you will predominantly work with a case manager. At ACT Together, you will work with a case manager and a carer support worker.
To assist with readability of this handbook, we have used the term ‘case manager’, but please note it may be a carer support worker who performs some of the tasks to support you in your role. If you are unsure at any time, your case manager can clarify this for you – these people are then also supported by other teams at both agencies.
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