Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney today announced the availability in Esperance of an intensive parenting support service, focused on working with families struggling to manage their children’s anti-social or criminal behaviour.
The Department for Child Protection’s Parent Support Service was launched this morning at a breakfast forum which brought together government agencies and non-government service organisations, working together to support the Esperance community.
Mrs McSweeney said two dedicated Department for Child Protection staff members would provide support services to parents referred to the program.
“This program is targeted specifically at children who are demonstrating anti-social behaviour, criminal activity or truancy, with a focus on helping local parents regain control of their child’s behaviour,” she said.
The department works alongside parents to support them by developing responsible parenting agreements, which are agreed plans for changing the children’s behaviour.
“This program supports parents by encouraging them to think about and understand their child’s behaviour, it helps them to identify the changes that they want to make in their lives and to follow through with them,” the Minister said.
The Parent Support Service is one of two Responsible Parenting services currently offered by the department in the Esperance community. The Best Beginnings service was launched in Esperance in June this year.
“Best Beginnings offers a home visiting service for families of new infants who have been referred to the department because they may be experiencing difficulty in their lives which warrants support in caring for their infant,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“The aim is to improve a child’s health and wellbeing, parent and family functioning and social support networks.
“Both these programs are at the heart of the State Government’s mission to support families at risk or in crisis.”
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