Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy Themes and Issues Paper

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Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy Themes and Issues Paper

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support (the Department) is developing an Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy (the Strategy) to coordinate how the Department, along with other government and community sector agencies, works with families whose children are most vulnerable to poor life outcomes.

The Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy Discussion Paper was distributed to key Department and external stakeholders in February 2016, to inform the development of the Strategy. This Themes and Issues Paper summarises stakeholder responses and will inform the development of the Strategy.

The Strategy will be concerned with ‘earlier intervention’ with a focus on secondary and tertiary family support services where complex issues in the family require intensive engagement and intervention and children are at high risk of entering care. The priority areas of focus are:

  • Aboriginal families;
  • strengthen the service sector; and
  • review and redevelop services.

Given the increasing rate of Aboriginal children entering care, the need for improved, culturally safe, secure and responsive service provision to identify and support vulnerable families is apparent across all three focus areas.

Read the Themes and Issues Paper