Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Increased funding for parenting support

    15/11/2017 10:00 AM
    • $1.848 million awarded to Ngala to provide Residential Parenting Service
    • State Government provides more than $8.7 million to support parenting services across the State 

    More than $1.8 million has been awarded to Ngala Family Services for its Residential Parenting Service in Kensington, an increase in funding from the McGowan Government of more than $400,000.


    The funding is for the first year of the service agreement, which will run until June 2022.


    The service is available on a universal basis, providing specialised support for parents who are experiencing difficulties in caring for their children, up to the age of six years old.


    An interdisciplinary team assists parents to address issues with sleep, feeding and nutrition, child development and behaviour. The team also provides early intervention when a family may be at risk of entering the child protection system.


    The service consists of a day stay service and an extended stay service, and also contributes to the Department of Communities' Earlier Intervention and Family Support strategy, Building Safe and Strong Families.


    Comments attributed to Child Protection and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:


    "Ngala has a track record of providing excellent services to families in Western Australia, through the Residential Parenting Service.


    "I am extremely pleased it has agreed to a long-term agreement which will provide families in WA with the continuity of service they deserve.


    "The McGowan Government is proud to work with the community services sector to provide the support parents need, when they need it. Raising young children is a tough job, so it is vital that parents are provided with the tools necessary to do the best they can.


    "Early intervention programs such as this reduce the number of children in the child protection system.


    "The Department of Communities provides more than $8.7 million to support parenting services across our State.


    "This includes more than $5.6 million allocated for the provision of parenting programs and activities throughout metropolitan and regional areas, and $1.25 million for the State-wide Ngala Parenting Line."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600