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We’re hiring! Expansion of Child and Family Support System to give more children a Safe Start


The Department of Human Services is recruiting passionate clinicians willing to work in partnership with families and service stakeholders to keep infants, children and young people, safe and well in their homes, community and culture.

'Safe Start’ program (formerly CFARN)

The ‘Safe Start’ program (formerly known as the Child and Family Assessment and Referral Network or CFARN) plays a critical role in supporting South Australian families with infants in their first 1000 days of life.

It provides services such as therapeutic support and intensive face-to-face work with social workers and allied health professionals in people’s homes, schools, hospitals, health services and communities across the metropolitan north, south and western suburbs of Adelaide as well as Whyalla and surroundings.

Greater support for families

Every year, over 1,000 families across the state are reported for concerns about unborn children to the Department for Child Protection. The expansion of ‘Safe Start’ with 20 new roles will provide greater support to an additional 200 families in Whyalla, Port Augusta, and northern and inner northern Adelaide.

Opportunities at DHS

Safe Start acknowledges the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in the child protection system and a number of the new roles are identified positions for Aboriginal candidates. This service expansion represents a critical step in The Roadmap for Reforming the Child and Family Support System 2021–2023.

A range of vacancies are now available at DHS, we’re seeking practitioners, clinicians, coordinators, and supervisors to join the Safe Start (formerly CFARN), Child and Family Safety Network (CFSN) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO) Connections programs across metropolitan Adelaide and Whyalla.

Apply now

Visit the DHS Careers Portal.

Page last updated : 17 Mar 2022

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