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Record funding to target our vulnerable families

2021-03-19

South Australia’s most vulnerable families on the cusp of entering the child protection system will receive more support than ever before under record new State Government early intervention funding.

Following extensive consultation and evidence-based research, efforts will now be focused on intervening earlier, and more intensively, with the aim of turning the tide and outcomes for our most vulnerable families. The new approach will focus on reducing child abuse and neglect by providing more targeted support to families and their children.

As part of this revamp, $52 million will be invested over the next four years on specific, Intensive Family Support Services across metropolitan Adelaide and across the regions.

Seven not-for-profit organisations, including two run by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal families, will deliver these new Intensive Family Support Services from 31 March. Services will be delivered across South Australia through Centacare Catholic Family Services, Centacare Catholic Country SA, Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA), Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY), Uniting Country SA, Anglican Community Care (AC Care) and Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS).

This record early intervention spend includes the $52 million, in addition to $34 million committed towards funding other programs and pilots for these families. It will deliver new, tailored support services for families at-risk of entering the child protection system will target our most vulnerable mums and dads experiencing domestic violence, mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction – and their children. About 1000 people were consulted across the state to help design the new, targeted system, including non-government providers and people with lived experience.

Research shows that we need to intervene earlier, and more intensively with these families, and ensure they are willing to work with staff on the ground to turn around their lives. Trained and dedicated support staff will work specifically with these families to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and address issues that will enable children to stay at home safely, in community and culture.

In addition to the new, targeted approach, the Government will now measure the outcome of these services.

Areas the new, intensive support will be delivered include North, South, East and Western Adelaide and regions including the Murray and Mallee, Yorke Peninsula and Mid North, Limestone Coast, Barossa, Light and Lower North, Eyre and Western, Fleurieu and KI, Far North and the Adelaide Hills. Vulnerable families will be connected with these support services through DCP, DHS, health and education.

By better supporting families to care for their children, we will be reducing family trauma and the devastating effect this has on the next generation.

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