Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Parenting programs deliver dramatic results

    20/11/2013 12:00 AM
     
    • $6.4m from Royalties for Regions will fund expansion of Responsible Parenting Services
    • Department for Child Protection and Family Support programs have delivered a 61 per cent drop in the growth rate of the number of children entering care

    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.

     

           Fact File

    • 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