A message to our carers about the coronavirus lockdown.

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Premier announced today a 7-day lockdown commencing 6pm tonight (Tuesday 20 July 2021). During this time our primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of our children, young people and carers in addition to continued service delivery.

Please do not hesitate to talk to your agency or kinship support worker– they are here to help. If you think the child or young person in your care may need extra support, please talk to their case worker.

The online carer platform has a range of information related to COVID 19 to support you in your caring role.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the vulnerable children and young people in your care.

Below is some key information to help keep you informed.

Family contact and home visits

For the next seven days, family contact is temporarily suspended however where appropriate digital alternatives will be available for you. In exceptional circumstances, where suspending contact significantly impacts the child, DCP may approve contact going ahead. If you have any questions, please make contact with the case manager allocated to the child in your care.

To ensure your safety and the safety of your household members, all non-critical face to face meetings and visits will be suspended. We have asked your support agency and DCP staff to touch base with you during the lockdown and we encourage you to initiate contact if you have any queries.


Schools and child care centres will remain open for children in your care and for children of essential workers over the 7 day period. Your child’s school will be available to discuss the program that will be operating or any additional education needs your child may have.

Visiting local offices

Our local offices will be open by appointment only for the next seven days. If you need an appointment, please contact your child’s case worker to arrange.