Working with families
We work to keep families together as much as possible. In some cases, this might mean supporting children or young people to remain safely with their birth family at home. In other cases, it might mean supporting children or young people to return home to their family after they have been removed for a period of time.
Supporting a child or young person to remain at home is known as family preservation. Returning a child or young person home is family restoration. In both cases, home must be safe for the child or young person
We use evidence-based services and programs such as Family Group Conferencing, Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) and Functional Family Therapy for Child Welfare (FFT-CW) to help keep families together.
Under the Permanency Support Program, we have also introduced Family Preservation Packages that provide wrap-around services that support children and young people to remain safely at home with their family. Packages offer:
- family and parenting support
- child focused support
- safety monitoring and risk mitigation.
We also work with extended family and close community members as part of keeping children and young people connected to their family and community.