News

FACS achieves full Out-of-Home-Care accreditation

1 Dec 2016:

NSW has become the first State in Australian history to gain accreditation for its government-run child protection service.

30 per cent boost to Arncliffe Social Housing

28 Nov 2016:

More social and affordable housing and new private housing is on the way with the proposed redevelopment of a Land and Housing Corporation site in Arncliffe.

Frontline workers seeing more kids

25 Nov 2016:

New data released today shows close to 4,000 more children at risk of significant harm have received a face-to-face assessment from a Family and Community Services frontline caseworker in 2015-16 compared to the previous year.

Goals for care leavers in Western Sydney

23 Nov 2016:

AFL Players, GWS Giants, not for profit organisation Ladder and the NSW Government have partnered to tackle youth homelessness with new programs in Western Sydney.

New affordable housing for 65 families

22 Nov 2016:

Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing Brad Hazzard has officially opened the new Bridge Housing development at the Bungarribee estate in Blacktown.

Get involved with this year’s Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign

21 Nov 2016:

The campaign has launched with the I Can, I Am theme focussing on recognising people with disability who have overcome barriers to reach meaningful jobs.

New campaign to boost employment of people with disability

21 Nov 2016:

A new campaign has been launched aimed at boosting the employment of people with disability.

The Guiding Principles Yarning Circle to serve as State-wide Advisory Group

18 Nov 2016:

The Guiding Principles Yarning Circle (GPYC) will serve as the state-wide Advisory Group to oversee the implementation of the Guiding Principles across the state.

Funds make sweet music for the Central Coast

18 Nov 2016:

Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) will be able to reach a wider audience, sharing more than $800,000 in funding to Central Coast projects. MMAD is one of 24 local projects funded in the Central Coast under the second round of the NSW Government’s $20 million Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF).

Kids in care at centre of reform

17 Nov 2016:

The NSW Government has embarked on ground-breaking reforms aimed at ending the cycle of inter-generational disadvantage and rising numbers of children in Out of Home Care.

Shining a light on good practice 2016 has now been published.

16 Nov 2016: Read 18 incredible stories of families that have turned their lives around with the support of creative, courageous and skilled workers in FACS and non-government organisations.

New principles developed to support those in out-of-home care

14 Nov 2016:

A new set of principles to guide NSW agencies and carers to provide the best possible care for children and young people in out-of-home care has been developed and is open for public comment.

Housing and Homelessness Ministers’ Meeting - 4 November 2016 Communiqué

14 Nov 2016:

Housing and Homelessness Ministers met in Sydney on 4 November 2016 to consider key housing and homelessness issues.

Latest edition of Child Safety Handbook now available

11 Nov 2016:

The Child Safety Handbook, provided by NSW Police Legacy, is an invaluable resource for parents, carers and teachers.

IPART review of social and affordable housing rent models

8 Nov 2016:

In June 2016, the NSW Government asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to review our housing policies to ensure they are fair. The review will focus on how we calculate rent and improve incentives for social housing tenants to work if they can.

New Resources Support Foster and Kinship Carers

7 Nov 2016:

FACS has released two new resources for foster and kinship carers and their caseworkers to help them care for and support children and young people in out-of-home care.

National Adoption Awareness Week

4 Nov 2016:

National Adoption Awareness Week (6-12 November 2016) exists to raise awareness of open adoption and the importance of permanency for children.

Data for diggers to counter homelessness

4 Nov 2016:

New research has been commissioned on homelessness and its causes among war veterans so that governments across Australia can comprehensively support returned servicemen and women.

Simply the Best Customer Service Awards finalists announced

3 Nov 2016:

Congratulations to all finalists for getting this far.

Research to Practice seminar on responding to child sexual abuse

3 Nov 2016:

On 25 November the See, Understand and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse free seminar will take place at the Sydney Masonic Centre.