Children and young people in care are eligible for priority access to a range of free or subsidised services.

Download Investing in their future.

We want to set children and young people up for success by providing them with the services and support they need to reach their full potential.

'Investing in their future' outlines the Government of South Australia’s commitment to making sure children and young people in care have priority access to the services they need.services to achieve better health, education and wellbeing outcomes.

There are also range of Australian Government and non-government services available to children and young people in care, and in the general community. Although these are not part of ‘Investing in their future’, some of these have also been included below.

If you are a carer, please talk to your child or young person’s case worker for help accessing any of these services.

Services

Provider

Contact

  • Preliminary health check
  • Comprehensive health and development assessment
  • Ongoing health assessment and monitoring
  • Health management plan and ongoing review
  • Youth health (immunisation,  sexual health, drug and alcohol)
  • Antenatal program (medical, midwifery, psychosocial and Aboriginal maternal infant care)
  • Carer support for infants
  • Free ambulance cover

Department for Health and Wellbeing

The child or young person’s Department for Child Protection caseworker can help refer you to these services through:

  • Child and Family Services
  • Metropolitan Youth Health
  • Your local health network

Services

Provider

Contact

  • Priority access to dental services
  • Dental and orthodontic treatment
  • Co-payment exemption

Department for Health and Wellbeing

The child or young person’s Department for Child Protection caseworker can help refer you to these services through:

  • School Dental Service
  • Community Dental Services
  • Adelaide Dental Hospital

Services

Provider

Contact

  • Support from a specialist disability team to facilitate access to the NDIS (where eligible)
  • Therapeutic intervention and support services for abuse, trauma and sexual exploitation
  • Psychological and speech  pathology assessments
  • Community and country  based services
  • In-patient services (Helen Mayo House, Boylan Ward, Department of Psychological Medicine, Flinders Medical Centre Consultation and Liaison Service)
  • Specialist services (Adolescent Sexual Assault Prevention Program)
  • Priority access to the Intensive Safer Family Programs for parents of children in care

Department for Child Protection

Yarrow Place

Department for Education

Department for Health and Wellbeing

Department of Human Services

The child or young person’s Department for Child Protection caseworker can help refer you to these services through:

  • Your local Department for Child Protection office
  • Yarrow Place
  • The child’s preschool or school
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
  • Centralised triage service
  • Your local health network
  • Department of Human Services Community and Family Services

Services

Provider

Contact

  • School card
  • One Plan
  • School engagement program
  • Mentoring and tutoring programs
  • Priority access to Student Support Services
  • Increased resources and support for preschools and schools with children who have specific learning needs
  • Access to staff who support the learning of Aboriginal children
  • Waiver of student course fees at any approved Registered Training Organisation

Department for Education

Registered Training Organisations

The child or young person’s Department for Child Protection caseworker can help refer you to these services through:

  • The child’s preschool or school
  • Approved Registered Training Organisations, including TAFE SA

You can also call the Skills Employment Infoline to find out what courses and careers are available on 1800 506 266 or visit: www.skills.sa.gov.au

Services

Provider

Contact

  • Enrolment in a government preschool from 3 years of age (can commence at any time of the year)
  • Option to continue at preschool until 6 years of age
  • An additional child care subsidy (wellbeing)
  • Prioritised preschool and school enrolments

Department for Education

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Children and young people in care are eligible for 12 hours of government preschool after they turn 3.
They will then be eligible for 15 hours per week in the year before they start school, as part of the Commonwealth Government Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, available to all children.

Children in care may also be eligible for a childcare subsidy available for low and middle income families in the general community.

The child or young person’s Department for Child Protection caseworker can help refer you to these services through:

  • Student Support Services
  • The child’s preschool or school
  • Centrelink.

You can also find child care subsidy information on the Services Australia website.

Services

Provider

Contact

For more information, see leaving care and post care support.

SA Housing Authority

Department for Child Protection

Dame Roma Mitchell Grants Board

Relationships Australia SA

Department of Social Services

The child or young person’s Department for Child Protection caseworker can help refer you to these services through:

  • Your local Department for Child Protection office
  • Your local SA Housing Authority office
  • Department of Social Services
  • Relationships Australia SA
  • Dame Roma Mitchell Trust.

You can also find information about post care support services on the Relationships Australia SA website.

Services

Provider

Contact

Department for Child Protection

Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing

Raising Literacy Australia

VACSWIM*

*Some swimming venues may charge entry fees

Children and young people, including those in the general community, are also eligible to receive a $100 sports voucher.

The child or young person’s Department for Child Protection caseworker can help refer you to these services through:

  • Little Big Book Club
  • VACSWIM

You can also visit the VACSWIM and Sports Vouchers websites.

About ‘Investing in their future’

‘Investing in their future’ is part of the government’s broader child protection strategy, Safe and well.

The initiative sits within the ‘Investing’ space of the child protection system, which aims to set children and young people up for success and break intergenerational cycles of trauma, abuse and neglect.

It builds on the government’s previous Rapid Response initiative and involves the following agencies:

  • Department for Health and Wellbeing
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Child Protection
  • Department for Innovation and Skills
  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • SA Housing Authority
Page last updated: 7 February 2020