‘Safe and well’ is South Australia’s plan to support vulnerable families to thrive and keep children safe.
Agencies across government are working together to improve services, from targeted early intervention to protection measures and support for young people leaving care.
This is a coordinated and end-to-end approach to the child protection system that aims to support families at risk of entering the child protection system, protect children and young people from harm, including when they are in care, and invest in young people in care to provide them with opportunities for a bright future.
An integral part of 'Safe and well' is shifting the way we work with Aboriginal families, communities and children to reduce overrepresentation in all parts of the system and provide culturally safe services.
‘Safe and well’ recognises that many families coming into contact with the child protection system also face other complex challenges such as domestic and family violence, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health concerns. In addition, children in care and young people transitioning to adulthood often carry trauma and have specific needs that require ongoing support.
By connecting-up services to provide the right support at the right time, ‘Safe and well’ will help create a brighter future for at-risk families and vulnerable children in South Australia.
Coordinating our efforts
The state government is navigating more than 500 recommendations from two significant royal commissions – the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
To deliver smarter reform that truly improves outcomes for children and young people, it is no longer useful to consider these recommendations in isolation. ‘Safe and well’ brings together these recommendations as well as a number of department-level strategies to create a connected, coordinated and responsive system.
An annual report on progress and 12 month action plans will create accountability and support agencies to work together towards change.