Charge the screening authority with:
Require that the cultural background of children coming into contact with the child protection system be recorded on C3MS, including in the 'life domains' area, for all children in care who have a culturally and linguistically diverse background.
Require child and family assessment and referral network members to provide support for families who are caring for children with disabilities, to enable them to engage with NDIS.
Develop the function in C3MS to require caseworkers to input information when a child enters care, and for those children already in care, as to their potential eligibility for NDIS. This data should be extractable for analysis.
Establish a working group to promote collaborative practice between South Australian, Western Australian and Northern Territory agencies involved in the child protection system in the tri-border region, including working towards a cross-border legislative scheme for child protection across the 3 jurisdictions.
Reform funding and structural arrangements to enable a single agency to oversee the service hub facilities across all communities. This agency should regularly map, in collaboration with the local community, the needs of children and families through an annual local assessment of needs.
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.
Ensure that the agency’s practitioners monitor children cared for in accordance with family care meeting agreements to ensure the safety of the child.
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.
Actively pursue joint training opportunities for agencies in remote communities and require operational managers from agencies to meet regularly to identify areas for collaboration and to resolve issues of concern.