CPFS REFORm news!
Contracts for the Family Care Support Service have been awarded
A new service which aims to support and maintain children living with family carers and reduce the number of children entering foster care has been awarded as part of the Department’s strategy to enhance out-of-home care. The Family Care Support Service will deliver intensive, in-home support to family carers to build stable family environments for children who cannot remain with their parents.
Family carers, including grandparents, aunties and uncles, make up more than 40 per cent of carers for children in out-of-home care. The new service will help these carers to improve parenting routines and build capacity to safely care for the child or young person. This includes supporting the carer and child or young person to develop safe networks and remain connected to family, country and community.
The Family Care Support Service will be provided across the Metropolitan area, East Kimberley, West Kimberley, Pilbara and Wheatbelt regional areas.
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Contracts for the Intensive Family Support Service and Family Support Networks have been awarded
More than 10 towns representing over 60% of the regional population in Western Australia will now have access to intensive in-home support services as part of the Department’s reform of child protection services.
It is envisioned that the new services will empower families living in metropolitan and regional communities; be culturally appropriate, including engagement with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations; and will be more easily accessible and flexible to meet needs.
The state’s geographical size, distance between regions and isolation all contribute to a real challenge in regional service delivery. However, the Department is confident that the roll-out of supports in such areas will assist in bridging the service delivery gap.
Working with a number of community sector organisations and integrating services plays a vital role in achieving better outcomes for those most at-risk of becoming involved with the care system, providing a more holistic way of delivering necessary services to families.
The Department recognises the contribution of service providers who have worked in this area over the last few years and looks forward to ongoing work to achieve better outcomes for children and families, particularly in remote Western Australia.
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