Ageing, Disability & Home Care

9-18 framework

The Supports for children and young people aged 9 to 18 years and their families: Framework for service providers (PDF) has been developed in recognition of the importance of supporting children and young people with disability and their families during this life stage.

At the core of the framework are seven guiding principles:

  • Deliver person-centred, family-centred and strengths-based supports
  • Strengthen decision-making capacity and opportunities to exercise choice and control
  • Provide early intervention and holistic support across transitions
  • Provide coordinated and integrated supports
  • Actively promote participation and inclusion
  • Support the development of social relationships
  • Follow culturally appropriate practices.

The framework looks at strategies to build the capacity of mainstream and community services to be accessible, supporting and enabling participation and inclusion. It also includes ways for service providers to support and build the capacity of children and young people with disability and their families to exercise choice and control, and to be at the centre of decision-making regarding self-directing supports along their journeys to adulthood.

Summary

There is a growing need to reorient the way that supports are provided to children and young people with disability and their families to ensure they are supported in inclusive mainstream settings that allow them to participate in their community.

During the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), it is essential to prepare children and young people with disability to make the most of the opportunities they have now and into the future.

Service providers should build the capacity of children and young people with disability and their families to maximise their skills and capacity in order to help them achieve their goals and live good lives as they journey into adulthood. This includes having self determination and the ability to identify the supports they need, and how these will be provided.

Service providers are encouraged to take every opportunity to support this life stage as they prepare to be NDIS-ready. This may be through developing better linkages and service pathways with mainstream and community supports, or through ensuring supports are flexible and tailored to individual’s needs, complementing the supports they receive from other providers to create an integrated package of support.

The Supports for children and young people aged 9 to 18 years and their families: Framework for service providers begins by looking at the context within which the development of children and young people takes place, as well as providing an examination of the policy context and service system in NSW.

At the core of the 9-18 framework is the seven guiding principles. Accompanying each guiding principle is an examination of supporting evidence and strategies. ADHC has endeavoured to use the best available research and evidence throughout the framework, but acknowledges there are considerable gaps in the evidence base. In the absence of available local research and evidence, the framework draws on international and national research and evidence.

The 9-18 framework concludes with a look at future directions and opportunities during the transition to the NDIS, with the following objectives:

  • Young people and their families will have increased access to individualised funding arrangements, pathways to supports in the community, participation, inclusion and capacity-building.
  • Service providers are supported to build the capacity of children and young people with disability and their families to exercise choice, control, and be at the centre of decision-making regarding their lives in their journeys to adulthood.
  • Service providers are encouraged to take every opportunity to better support this life stage as they prepare to be NDIS-ready through developing better linkages and service pathways with mainstream and community supports, promoting participation and inclusion.
  • Service providers are encouraged to individualise supports and ensure they are flexible enough to create holistic, integrated packages of support.

Resources guide

The resource guide contains an overview of ADHC funded supports for children and young people with disability aged 9-18 and their families, as well as links and resources that service providers may find useful in applying the 9-18 framework.

Some resources may also be useful in applying the 0-8 strategy. Find out more information about supports for children 0-8 years.

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