New early intervention pilot program aims to keep families together
The State Government will pilot a ground-breaking new early intervention program specifically developed for South Australian families at risk of having their children enter the child protection system.
The $2.8 million program will engage 46 families and about 138 children each year and will be delivered by AnglicareSA over two years from early 2019.
The program’s aim is to ensure children are not experiencing abuse and neglect and to keep families together if safe to do so. The pilot will be run in Adelaide’s Northern suburbs, an area of greatest need as determined by previous State Government funded research.
Specialist support staff will give families intensive, face-to-face, in-home contact and use evidence-based intervention approaches from across Australia and around the world.
The service will work with families who have multiple complexities and trauma histories. This may include families with histories of domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse, as well as child protection notifications.
The pilot program forms part of the State Government’s response to the 2016 Nyland Report.
AnglicareSA, the Department for Child Protection and DHS’s Early Intervention Research Directorate will co-design the program over the coming months.