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Out-of-home care prevention programs

Prevention programs are underway to test service models for families at immediate risk of having their children placed in care. The initial response is a very high level of intensive family support to address immediate safety issues. This is followed by high intensity support to improve family functioning. The Department of Child Protection (DCP) refers families who have been notified and assessed to be at very high risk of having their children placed in care. Out-of-home care prevention programs are funded by DHS and delivered by non-government organisations.

Prevention programs include:

Safe Kids Families Together

Safe Kids Families Together supports vulnerable families with complex issues to keep their families together. Building on international evidence-based services, such as HomeBuilders from the US, families with multiple complexities and trauma history are provided intensive, face-to-face, in-home contact support.

The Department of Child Protection and Anglicare SA work together to deliver this program in the northern suburbs.

Taikurtirna Tirra-apinthi – Making Safer Families

Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY) delivers Taikurtirna Tirra-apinthi – Making Safer Families to Aboriginal families in western Adelaide where children are at immediate risk of being placed in out-of-home care.

Resilient Families – Social Impact Initiative

The Resilient Families program works with families where children are at risk of abuse and neglect. The aim is to keep children safe at home, in community and culture.

Resilient Families will support up to 300 families over five and half years. Case workers support each family in their own home to address the family's risk factors and safety concerns. As part of this, case workers provide a 24/7 on-call service.

The Benevolent Society delivers Resilient Families, on a pay-by-results contract. This means that payments to The Benevolent Society are linked to achieving results, not just for delivering services.

The Resilient Families program operates in the southern metropolitan area, through to the Murraylands.

Page last updated : 17 Sep 2021

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