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The department has the legislated mandate under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 to grant (either with or without conditions), renew and cancel licences for Foster Care Agencies (FCA) and Children's Residential Facilities (CRF). 

DCP also has a compliance and monitoring role to ensure:

  • it is appropriate for agencies to remain licensed
  • any licence conditions are being complied with

Foster care agency and children's residential facility guidelines

The department has recently updated the Foster Care Agency and Children's Residential Facility Licensing Guidelines (PDF 642KB)

The new guidelines include the legislative changes to the licensing requirements which came into effect from 22 October 2018. 

New psychological assessment requirements

From 22 October 2018 all staff working in Children’s Residential Facilities who provide services to children under the custody or guardianship of the DCP Chief Executive are required to complete a psychological assessment - irrespective of the number of children residing at the facility.

Licensed operators will be required to provide information on their organisations policies, procedures and processes associated with psychological assessment requirements.

Further information can be found in the Children's Residential Facility Licence update (PDF 582KB)

Information on the new psychological requirements for Children's Residential Staff can be accessed on the DCP website


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