Working intensively with birth parents, families and kin to support change

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We will work to keep families together as much as possible, if a child or young person can safely remain with – or return home to – their birth family.

People can change – with some help, guidance and the support services they need.

We will work with extended family and kin because we know the importance of keeping children and young people connected to their family and their community. We will support family preservation in the first instance, using evidence-based tools like Family Group Conferencing.

By reducing the number of children in out-of-home care, funds can be re-invested in the delivery of family strengthening and prevention services to strengthen the capacity of families to care for their children. This will create a stronger and more innovative service system in the longer term.

In 2016-17 we are creating an additional 900 places for children in intensive family preservation and restoration services, half of which will be dedicated to Aboriginal families. These evidence-based programs will help families with children at imminent risk of entering care and families where restoration is a case plan goal.

Where it is suitable to restore a child or young person to their family, intensive support will be provided to ensure the pathway home is successful and meets their needs. Step-down support will be provided following the return of a child or young person to their family.

These programs will help reduce entries into care, increase exits from care and respond to trauma and underlying causes of child abuse and neglect.

By reducing the number of children in out-of-home care, funds can be re-invested in the delivery of family strengthening and prevention services to strengthen the capacity of families to care for their children. This will create a stronger and more innovative service system in the longer term.

Link to What you need to know about what we’re doing to keep children and families together

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)