Specialised Substitute Residential Care (SSRC)

Specialised Substitute Residential Care (SSRC) – Office of the Children’s Guardian

Specialised Substitute Residential Care is an arrangement between a parent and an organisation for a child to receive care away from their usual home for three (3) or more nights in any seven (7)-day period. The care must be for respite or behaviour support or funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

Types of Care

Specialised Substitute Residential Care (SSRC) includes:

  • Stays of three (3) or more nights within a seven (7) day period in a group home, respite, hotel, or Airbnb environment.
  • Short-term accommodation through the NDIS.
  • Overnight stays of 3 or more nights with another family in a ‘host family’ arrangement.
  • Longer-term residential care.
  • Residential programs to support behaviour change, such as alcohol and other drug rehabilitation programs.
  • Camps of 3 or more nights that focus on respite or behaviour support or are funded by the NDIS.

Specialised Substitute Residential Care can be a one-off arrangement made in an emergency or involve frequent or long-term care. 

When a child stays in overnight care for one (1) or more nights, the organisation or sole trader providing the care must record it on the Specialised Substitute Residential Care (SSRC) Register. This is because the register is a collaborative tool which calculates the total days the child has been in Specialised Substitute Residential Care (SSRC) with any provider, so that children don’t remain in care for long periods without oversight.

Regulation under the Child Safe Scheme

Specialised Substitute Residential Care (SSRC) is regulated under the Child Safe Scheme.
 
Organisations providing Specialised Substitute Residential Care (SSRC) must also comply with a Code of Practice. This Code of Practice sets out minimum requirements for implementing the Child Safe Standards.

The benefits of regulating under the Child Safe Scheme include:

  • Streamlined regulatory requirements that reduce duplication.
  • Clearer obligations that strengthen safeguards for children.
  • Better support for continuous improvement.
  • Stronger powers to improve compliance.

For more information about Specialised Substitute Residential Care (SSRC) please visit the Office of the Children’s Guardian website: About specialised substitute residential care | Office of the Children’s Guardian (nsw.gov.au)

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