Assist staff and carers who work with children in care who have a culturally and linguistically diverse background to achieve culturally informed best practice through the development of practice guides.
Not yet commenced
Commission an early intervention service for families in remote communities for whom the agency has lower level concerns and who could benefit from support to prevent escalation of issues.
Provide additional funding to meet demand for the Walytjapiti program, and ensure that the agency keeps case files open for participants until satisfied about the child’s ongoing wellbeing over a sustained period.
Commission not-for-profit agencies to provide alternative care in areas close to the APY Lands, such as Alice Springs and Coober Pedy. Alternative care could include a mixture of foster care and residential care.
Identify opportunities to develop strength in the interpreter service available in remote communities, and ensure that the agency’s practitioners use interpreters where possible. Consider the viability of interpreters accompanying the agency’s fly-in fly-out teams.
Commission not-for-profit agencies to develop service models that can respond to higher risk Aboriginal families with multiple, complex needs.
Outsource the services currently provided by Kanggarendi to an appropriately qualified and experienced non-government organisation.
Review practice guidance, funding arrangements and the range of declared agencies to ensure that a recognised Aboriginal agency is consulted on all placement decisions involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, in accordance with the provisions of section 5 of the Children’s Protection Act 1993.
Review contractual conditions governing service specifications for non-government independent living programs to develop greater flexibility in the age of admission and the age of discharge from programs.
Redeploy transition-from-care caseworkers to provide an add-on service for young people planning their move to independence.