With extreme weather forecast over the next few days, it may be necessary to adjust some family contact visits for children and young people in care.

All visits are under review.

  • Regional areas: all family contact arrangements will be cancelled, taking into account longer travel distances and higher bushfire risk.
  • Metro areas:
    • 5 years old and under: all family contact arrangements will be cancelled, acknowledging that very young children are more vulnerable in these conditions.
    • Over 5 years old: family contact may go ahead if it is considered essential, and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

As a carer, we encourage you to contact your child’s case worker to discuss any scheduled family contact visits and your particular circumstances.

The department is also rescheduling, cancelling or shortening the length of a number of Children’s Christmas parties during this time.

Below are some tips to keep healthy in the heat from SA Health. Please keep safe in this extreme weather.