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Families

Earlier and more effective responses for families

Through this plan we will increase the capacity of our early intervention services and strengthen our universal services to identify family violence risk earlier.

We are taking immediate action to ensure services that work with children and families can better identify and support women and children who have experienced family violence. This includes investing:

  • $81.1 million over 4 years to strengthen existing Maternal and Child Health (MCH)
  • $38.4 million to provide an enhanced role for universal service providers

In order to better support vulnerable children and families to recover and thrive, we will invest $29.2 million in 2017-18 in family services to assist an additional 1,229 families and expand the support available.

Keeping children safe

Supports Royal Commission recommendations: 25, 26, 27, 37, 145, 146

The government is taking immediate action to keep children safe by:

  • embedding practice change so Child Protection practitioners can better identify and assess family violence risk
  • placing community-based Child Protection practitioners in the Support and Safety Hubs to provide expert advice and access to any history of assessment and intervention by Child Protection
  • investing $71.1 million in 2017 to employ more than 450 additional Child Protection practitioners and to provide additional capacity in after-hours emergency Child Protection services and ensure continuation of the Specialist Intervention Unit
  • refocusing Child Protection on its core statutory functions to free up the time of highly skilled practitioners
  • investing $59.6 million to support children and young people who are unable to live safely at home, including:
    • continuing to fund approximately 120 lapsing Targeted Care Packages as well as 100 new ones to reduce residential care placements
    • delivering an additional 1,982 placements for children who are unable to live at home, rather than enter residential care.

As part of the government’s commitment to Aboriginal self-determination and self-management we will invest $1.1 million in 2017-18 to further expand the number of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations assuming legal guardianship for the welfare of Aboriginal children subject to a Children’s Court protection order.