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

    Supporting safer, stronger families in regional areas

    29/06/2018 1:05 PM
     
    • Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has announced contracts for the new Family Care Support Service
    • Services to support at-risk families have been expanded across Western Australia
    • The number of community service organisations delivering Intensive Family Support services and Family Support Networks will more than treble, and include 12 Aboriginal community controlled organisations 

    The State Government will more than treble the number of community service organisations delivering earlier intervention and enhanced family support services to improve outcomes for vulnerable families across Western Australia.

     

    The new Family Care Support Service aims to keep children with family carers and reduce the number of children entering foster care by building on families' abilities to provide a stable environment for children who cannot remain with their parents.

     

    The Family Care Support Service is part of the State Government's wider Out of Home Care Strategy (OOHC), which focuses on diverting families from the child protection and out-of-home care systems.

     

    The State Government, through the Department of Communities, developed the Family Care Support Service in response to challenges facing the current system including an increasing rate of Aboriginal children entering care.

     

    Contracts have been awarded to 12 Aboriginal community controlled organisations to enable the delivery of more culturally sensitive services in regional areas, and ensure that children receive the most culturally appropriate care.

     

    The Family Care Support Service will be provided in all metropolitan districts along with the East Kimberley, West Kimberley, Pilbara and Wheatbelt regional districts.

     

    Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:

     

    "Family carers currently make up more than 40 per cent of care arrangements for children in the child protection system, yet there have previously been limited services available to them.

     

    "Intensive in-home family support services will be available to families who are most at risk of child protection intervention, along with those who require support to improve family wellbeing and keep their children safely at home.

    "Services will be aligned to divert families from the child protection system and safely reduce the number of children entering out-of-home care.

     

    "Providing out-of-home care services that help children and young people to heal from the trauma they have suffered, while remaining connected to their family, community and culture, is integral to achieving better outcomes for children in out-of-home care."

     

    Minister's office: 6552 6600

     

    Intensive Family Support Services

     

    Service location (District)Successful Respondent and Partner Agency
    ArmadaleCentrecare Inc in partnership with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation*
    CanningtonCentrecare Inc in partnership with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation*
    FremantleUnitingCare West in partnership with Kinship Connections Aboriginal Corporation*
    JoondalupCentrecare Inc in partnership with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation*
    MidlandCentrecare Inc in partnership with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation*
    MirrabookaCentrecare Inc in partnership with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation*
    PerthCentrecare Inc in partnership with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation*
    RockinghamUnitingCare West in partnership with Kinship Connections Aboriginal Corporation*
    East KimberleyKey Assets the Children's Service Provider (Australia) Limited in partnership with Wunan Foundation and Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation
    West KimberleyCentacare Kimberley Association Inc in partnership with Australian Childhood Foundation, Derby Aboriginal Health Services*, Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Services* and MercyCare
    PilbaraMacKillop Family Services Ltd in partnership with Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation*and Mawankarra Health Service Aboriginal Corporation*
    MurchisonMission Australia in partnership with Yulella Aboriginal Corporation* and Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation*
    South-WestCentrecare Inc in partnership with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation* and Lamp
    PeelUnitingCare West in partnership with Kinship Connections Aboriginal Corporation*
    Great SouthernYorgum Aboriginal Corporation* in partnership with Anglicare WA Inc
    WheatbeltWanslea Family Services Incorporated in partnership with Kaata-Koorliny Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation (KEEDAC)*
    GoldfieldsYorgum Aboriginal Corporation in partnership with Anglicare WA Inc*

     

    Family Support Network Lead Agency

    Service locationSuccessful Respondent and Partner Agency*
    Mirrabooka/JoondalupMercy Community Services Incorporated in partnership with Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation
    Perth/MidlandCentrecare Inc in partnership with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation
    Cannington/ArmadaleCentrecare Inc in partnership with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation
    Fremantle/RockinghamCommunicare Inc in partnership with Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation

     

     *ACCO - Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation.