How Care Works

Working out what things mean, who does what in OOHC and how you can speak up

Case planning meetings are a chance for you to have your say

Case planning meetings are held to discuss and make decisions about you. The meeting will always have a main goal and will look at everything to do with your well-being including:

  • where you are going to live and for how long,
  • identity/culture,
  • family and other significant relationships and contact,
  • health, education or training,
  • emotional and behavioural development,
  • social/living skills and peer relationships,
  • legal issues.

If you are in Statutory OOHC your case plan will be reviewed every year, although if there are changes to your situation such as moving houses, it may be reviewed again.

Speaking up in these meetings and having your voice heard is really important, as this is where decisions are made about your life. This is a chance to talk about how you are going, what supports are in your life, and what other support you may need.

Your caseworker will organise the case planning meeting and there are people that can be invited along to the meeting. Often there will be a few adults in the room to support you with your goals. People are invited to a case planning meeting to support you to reach your goals which can include:

  • your foster carer/s, parents/other family members,
  • caseworker,
  • counsellor,
  • culturally appropriate support person,
  • someone that is supportive in your life.

Questions you can consider asking your caseworker before the meeting:

  • What will happen in the meeting?
  • From the people who have been invited, who is attending?
  • Can you help explain things to me in the meeting if I don’t understand?
  • What if I disagree with a decision, what will happen?
  • How are decisions made?
  • If I don’t attend, who will contact me and when will I know what decisions were made?

If you choose not to attend you can still have your voice heard by:

  • having someone speaking on your behalf,
  • speaking or listening by telephone, web cam or video conference,
  • writing down your views for participants to read individually,
  • writing your views on a whiteboard and asking someone to display them at the meeting,
  • recording your views on audio to be played at the meeting.