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Care Pathways Reform

As many of you already know, Child Protection services in South Australia are experiencing significant reform.  As a trusted provider, Baptist Care SA has an important role to play in this future.  We are committed to continuing to work to improve outcomes for the children and young people in our care.


We have already started to transition our service models.  We have just joined the Placement and Support Packages (PaSP) Panel in preparation for the cessation of Short Term Care in early October.  These changes offer exciting new opportunities for both our staff and our young people.


We are committed to giving you as much information as we can, as soon as we can.  However, impacts on individual roles cannot be determined at this time. We are continuing to work through the implications of the reform.  Be assured, you will be consulted on any changes to your role.


Placement and Support Packages (PaSP)

The South Australian Government’s Care Pathways Reform (2020) is underpinned by PaSP (Placement and Support Packages). It is a needs-based system, focused on better, long-term outcomes for children and young people requiring care.


Individualised PaSP will provide children entering care with immediate, individualised short-term residential care based on their unique needs.


It also connects residential carers with therapeutic specialists to enhance interactions with children and complex needs.


As a result, Baptist Care SA’s current short-term care service will cease in early October 2020. Baptist Care SA will re-model its service delivery to enable the organisation to deliver as a PaSP panellist from the start of October.


Current Care Pathways staff will be supported to step into the new service with confidence.


The primary objectives of the PaSP are to:


  • Ensure placements are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • Ensure children and young people in PaSP are provided individualised support packages based on specific, identified needs as assessed.
  • Provide placement management that includes a pro-active Placement Review and Escalation process to exit children and young people within 90 days.
  • Ensure placements do not exceed 90 days.
  • Encourage the use of dual or multiple occupancy facilities to improve placement efficiency where possible.


The diagram below provides a high-level outline of how the PaSP model fits within Dept for Child Protection’s (DCP) broader service delivery model:



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