Bridges Alliance is a registered Voluntary Out-of-Home Care (VOOHC) organisation with the NSW Government and is committed to supporting the safety and wellbeing of the children and young people in our care.
Voluntary out-of-home care is overnight care or short-term accommodation provided by an authorised organisation to a child or young person (0-17 years) away from their usual home and with the consent of their family.
Care may be provided as a one-off emergency placement or may be used by families on a regular or long-term basis.
Bridges Alliance staff working with your child are experienced in delivering age-appropriate services and activities to children and young people and are trained in ensuring consistent and responsible care at all times, 24/7.
Download our Children and Young Person’s Respite Brochure to learn more about this service by CLICKING HERE.
Voluntary Out-of-Home Care or VOOHC services is overnight care provided by an organisation to a child or young person away from their primary residence with the consent of the family. NDIS service providers can provide a range of voluntary out-of-home care and are registered by the Office of the Children’s Guardian before arranging/providing childcare. VOOHC services is part of NDIS’s Community and Government Family Services funds, which involves out-of-home care for children, teenagers and adults. This includes housing, care allowances, payments and other standard supports to sustain the arrangements.
Voluntary Out-of-Home Care services covers arrangements like:
With Bridges Alliance, Voluntary Out-of-Home Care specifically covers:
Voluntary Out-of-Home Care is provided to children and young people who are currently unable to live with their own families and are provided a temporary place to stay with the family’s consent. The family remains the primary body responsible for all decisions affecting the child or young person. Foster carers will take on the responsibilities of a parent for a certain period of time, to provide a safe, nurturing and secure family environment for children and young people that require care.
All children and young persons are eligible to apply for VOOHC care. According to state governments and mandated law, the government retains responsibility for protecting the wellbeing of children between the ages of 1 and 17. This includes arranging statutory and voluntary out-of-home care for a child when it is required. State governments are also required to ensure this care arrangement is nurturing, appropriate and sustainable. This involves assessing whether carers are properly trained, payments to short term accommodation providers, supervised contact and so on.
There is no set pricing for VOOHC – pricing is determined by the organisation providing services to the child or young person. Certain amount of funding can be allocated to a child or young person and they can then use this funding as required to continue the support and wellbeing of the child or young person. For example funding can come from the NDIS, a Department of Community and Justices (DCJ) funded program etc.
As a registered NDIS service provider, Bridges Alliance sets all pricing for supports and services delivered based on the rates advised in the current NDIA support catalogue. This allows for NDIS clients being able to use their NDIS funding to support their choice of VOOHC services.
Bridges Alliance is one of the few NDIS service providers that offers VOOHC services to young persons with disabilities under the age of 18. With a team of dedicated, highly qualified and trained team, we aim to deliver a person-centred approach in everything that we do in regards to our respite and accommodation services. Our VOOHC services are regulated by the Office of the Children’s Guardian and we uphold thorough auditing of this service to support the safety and wellbeing of our clients and continual improvement of our service delivery. All our employees working with children and young people are experienced in delivering age-appropriate services and activities to children and young people and are trained in always ensuring consistent and responsible care. We ensure our employees receive Child Safe Training and understand how to recognise and implement the 10 Child Safe Standards within our service delivery as recommended by the Royal Commission and accepted by the NSW government. We have a dedicated under 18s respite and long-term accommodation home for children and young people, and have created a home catered to this age bracket to ensure the environment is safe, stimulating, and full of fun! For more information about our services, don’t hesitate to contact us.