More at-risk families in regional areas will have access to Responsible Parenting Services thanks to a Royalties for Regions funding increase of $6.4million.
Responsible Parenting Services include Best Beginnings, which supports vulnerable new mothers, and Parent Support, which helps parents of children with anti-social behaviour.
Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said the programs had delivered tangible results since they first received around $28million in Royalties for Regions funding in 2010.
“Around 84 per cent of parents who have taken part in Parent Support say they achieved some or significant change in their parenting and 75 per cent of parents who completed the programs have made changes which resulted in positive outcomes for their child,” Mrs Morton said.
“Since the Liberal National Government came to power in 2008, there has also been a 61 per cent drop in the growth rate of the number of children entering care. These are all really good outcomes which prove how important these programs are.”
Mrs Morton said the services targeted the most at-risk and hard to reach families in Western Australia, who were considered most in need of services but least likely to access them.
“Every case is different but this could be supporting a mother to take control of her son’s repeated truancy from school or a father to enforce a curfew to tackle his daughter’s anti-social behaviour,” she said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said funding support programs in the regions was vital to ensure rural communities had the same access to services as those in metropolitan areas.
“As a direct result of Royalties for Regions funding over the past five years, we have been able to access and work with vulnerable families in remote areas and provide them with support and guidance not previously available,” Mr Grylls said.
In 2012-13, the department entered into 620 Responsible Parenting Agreements - up from 128 in 2011-12
Best Beginnings works with the most vulnerable young mothers with infants up to two years of age, to establish parenting skills, form attachment to their baby and become engaged with their community
Parent Support targets parents with school-aged children who are engaged in criminal or anti-social behaviour and truanting
Child Protection Minister’s office - 6552 6900
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500