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Strongest-ever plan to support our vulnerable children and families

South Australia’s strongest-ever plan to support our most vulnerable children and families specifically targets the reduction of child abuse and neglect through a range of new measures and actions.

Released on 21 September, the Roadmap for reforming the Child and Family Support System 2021-2023 consolidates two years of extensive research, data analysis and consultation into clear actions. It comes as the State Government is delivering a record $52 million over the next four years on specific, Intensive Family Support Services across metropolitan Adelaide and across the regions, with the aim of turning the tide and outcomes for our most vulnerable families.

The roadmap will deliver a more connected support system that is focused on intervening earlier, and more intensively, to achieve better outcomes for the most vulnerable families across the state.

Key actions in the roadmap include:

  • Making services more responsive to Aboriginal culture and intergenerational trauma
  • Support the workforce of child and family practitioners to improve practice across the sector
  • Ensuring vulnerable families can receive the right support, at the right time.

These actions build on the newly established Adults Supporting Kids (ASK) website, launched at the end of May, which has already seen more than 5000 users gain access to free or low-cost support from close to 1000 providers across the state.

The child and family support system reform is a major part of the Government’s child protection strategy, Safe and well: Supporting families, protecting children. The State Government remains committed to ensuring children grow up safe and well in their family, community and culture.

The department would like to extend its thanks to the hundreds of people – including parents and carers, Aboriginal elders, children who’ve been through the system, and professionals working on the frontlines – whose input was critical to the plan’s development.

Learn more about the reform of the child and family support system.

Page last updated : 29 Sep 2021

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