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Redesigned Care Plan to reinforce importance of cultural identity and connection to family

22 Dec 2016:

FACS caseworkers will be required to use a redesigned Care Plan for Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse children and young people in care when seeking orders from the Children’s Court from 9 January 2017.

New Patchwork NSW video

15 Dec 2016:

See how Patchwork NSW has helped the Redfern community in a heart-warming video about Redlink.

Simply the Best Customer Service Awards winners announced

12 Dec 2016:

Congratulations to the following FACS employees and teams on being announced winners at our annual customer service awards.

Note for journalists

12 Dec 2016: Department of Family and Community Services, FACS, Minister Brad Hazzard, Minister John Ajaka, Secretary Michael Coutts-Trotter, Community Services, ADHC, Ageing Disability and Home Care, FACS Housing, Aboriginal Housing Office, Land and Housing Corporation,

'Caring for kids' is now online

6 Dec 2016:

A great resource for foster and kinship carers is now available online. Caring for kids: a guide for foster, relative and kinship carers can now be accessed on the ChildStory Caring Community website.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FACS budget and frontline staff

3 Nov 2016:

The budget for FACS frontline staff has increased in the past five years. Like all agencies FACS has made savings – but not on the frontline.

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.

Simply the Best Customer Service Awards finalists announced

3 Nov 2016:

Congratulations to all finalists for getting this far.

Launch of MyHousing online services

31 Oct 2016:

We have listened to your requests for more choice and flexibility in how you communicate with us, and are pleased to launch MyHousing – a suite of new online services that simplify our processes and offer you more convenience in applying for, or managing, your housing.