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

    Expanded early intervention program helping children in Halls Creek

    27/09/2022 1:00 PM
    • Jungarni-Jutiya Indigenous Corporation partnering with Key Assets on a 12-month expansion trial of the Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) in Halls Creek
    • The program will work with up to eight families with existing contact with the child protection system
    • IFSS provides intensive in-home and culturally appropriate supports for families

    An expanded early intervention child protection program is helping keep young people safe and families connected in Halls Creek.


    Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk was in Halls Creek today to meet with the representatives delivering the Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) in the region.


    The expansion into Halls Creek is currently on a 12-month trial and is being led by Key Assets in partnership with locally based Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation Jungarni-Jutiya Indigenous Corporation.


    The early intervention service is working with eight families in the region whose children are at imminent risk of coming into the child protection system, as well as families who are working towards reunification.


    IFSS prioritises practical parenting education and skills development for parents and/or birth families, focusing on living skills, child mental health, education, safety and protective skills. 


    The State Government will invest almost $350,000 to support the Halls Creek IFSS expansion. This funding follows the recent commitment of $114 million for child protection and support services in WA through the 2022-23 State Budget. 


    Further information regarding the programs operating under the Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy can be found on the Department of Communities website.


    Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk:


    "There is growing evidence that engaging Aboriginal organisations to lead child protection work involving First Nations children leads to better outcomes.


    "Child protection is challenging work, but it is also incredibly rewarding. The State Government is investing record amounts in early intervention which is leading to historic reductions of the number of children in care - including Aboriginal children.


    "Jungarni-Jutiya Indigenous Corporation have an excellent track record and reputation in the Halls Creek area, and I am confident their partnership with Key Assets and the Department of Communities will help achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children and families."


    Minister's office - 6552 6100