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Modest increase in vacancy rate, more children seen

28 Nov 2015:

The state-wide caseworker vacancy rate has increased marginally on the record lows recorded in 2014-15 in new data released today by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), up from five to six per cent for the September 2015 quarter.

Orange Sky Laundry Services – now operating in Sydney

26 Nov 2015:

Orange Sky Laundry, Australia’s first mobile laundry for the homeless, launched its first Sydney service on Friday 6 November.

Achieving School Success training package is now available for download

25 Nov 2015: Families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can now access a new training package to assist them in their transition to Australia.

2015 Simply the Best Customer Service Awards finalists

20 Nov 2015: After receiving over 600 nominations for the Simply the Best Customer Service Awards, we are excited to announce the 2015 Awards finalists.

2015 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards winners and finalists announced

20 Nov 2015:
Winners and finalists of the 2015 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards have been announced.

Shining a light on good practice 2015 report released

20 Nov 2015: The 2015 Shining a light on good practice in NSW report is out. Read 16 incredible stories of real child protection work from FACS and our NGO partners.

Child Deaths 2014 Annual Report

20 Nov 2015: The Child Deaths 2014 Annual Report has been published today with a focus on vulnerable teens. 

Patchwork creates a client safety net

18 Nov 2015:

Patchwork is the smart, secure and simple-to-use web app that allows NSW practitioners to better collaborate around their clients.

Active support, active living for people with disability

17 Nov 2015:

Family and Community Services' Deputy Secretary, Jim Longley today launched a set of three videos featuring staff and residents in a group home using 'Active Support', at an event in Sans Souci.

Inclusion is about U and I

13 Nov 2015:

The 2015 Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign has been officially announced by the Minister for Disability Services, the Hon John Ajaka and will run right through to 13 December.

Active Support = Happy Life

13 Nov 2015: Active Support assists people with disability to make their own decisions and promotes participation in everyday activities.

It's adoption awareness week

13 Nov 2015: Open adoption embraces issues of identity, openness and the value of a child’s cultural and racial heritage. It includes the involvement of birth parents in the adoption and supports sharing of information, contact and building relationships, which are based on the child’s best interests. 

Submissions open for NSW Out of Home Care Report

12 Nov 2015: In an Australian first, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has today released the NSW statutory out‐of‐home care: Quality Assurance Framework for public consultation.  

New direction for Aboriginal child protection

10 Nov 2015:

Community healing is at the centre of a new way forward between Aboriginal people and Family and Community Services on critical concerns around child protection, said Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard.

The 2016 - 2017 Delineate Arts grants program is now open.

6 Nov 2015: Delineate is the official arts and creative program of the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign.

Opening the door to open adoption

5 Nov 2015: Listening to the insights of young people, birth parents and adoptive parents led the agenda at a recent open adoption forum attended by approximately 220 people.

Pru Goward

27 Oct 2015: NSW Department of Family and Community Services, FACS, NSW Department of Human Services, DHS, Community Services, ADHC, Ageing Disability and Home Care, Businesslink, Housing NSW, Aboriginal Housing Office, Office for Women's Policy, Pru Goward, Andrew Constance,

Out-of-Home Care Ministerial Forum

21 Oct 2015: Family and Community Services hosted a Ministerial forum on Monday to hear from young people, carers, and practitioners on how we can improve outcomes for kids in out-of-home care.

2015 NSW Carers Awards

15 Oct 2015: The Hon. John Ajaka Minister for Ageing and Disability Services announced the recipients of the 2015 NSW Carers Awards and the 2015 NSW Carer of the Year at a special ceremony at Parliament House on Monday 12 October 2015.

FACS new-look online presence launching soon

14 Oct 2015: Family and Community Services will be launching their new-look website on 21 October 2015.