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Intensive support for struggling carer and child relationships

The NSW Government is funding two new services, ‘OurSPACE’ and ‘LINKS’, that work with children and young people in out-of-home-care (OOHC) and the people caring for them.

Both programs aim to decrease the trauma symptoms of children and young peoplesupport the people around them to manage trauma-related behaviours and help to support the stability of placements.

What is OurSPACE?

OurSPACE is an outreach service with staff across NSW* who will come and work with you in your home.

OurSPACE social workers and psychologists work with children, young people, their carers and the professionals who support them to help better understand how trauma affects children and young people’s thinking, feelings and behaviour.

To start with OurSPACE, will provide telephone counselling and advice to carers of children and young people living across NSW*

If you need more support, OurSPACE staff will work in your home or school and work with the whole family.

OurSPACE is run by the Australian Childhood Foundation.

Who can access OurSPACE?

OurSPACE is available across the state* (excluding Hunter New England and Nepean Blue Mountains) for children and young people in OOHC aged 15 years and under where the child or young person has experienced more than two placement changes in the last six months.

How does OurSPACE support Aboriginal children and young people?

The Australian Childhood Foundation is partnering with Ngaoara, an Aboriginal organisation promoting child and young person wellbeing. Together, they will help Aboriginal children, carers and families focusing on keeping culture strong, healing trauma and building connections to family, country and community.

How to access OurSPACE?

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to access this service, please call 1300 381 581 or email Ourspace@childhood.org.au.

What is LINKS?

LINKS is an evidence based intervention service that aims to help children and young people decrease trauma symptoms, feel better about themselves and improve their behaviour. LINKS is delivered by a range of specialists including mental health clinicians, Aboriginal mental health clinicians, occupational therapists and speech pathologists.

Who can access LINKS?

Children and young people under 16 years who are in OOHC and living in the Nepean, Hunter and Central Coast regions. The child or young person must have had two or more placements in the past six months and/or an increased need for respite care over the past 12 months.

Where is LINKS?

LINKS is in Penrith and Charlestown. The LINKS teams see participants in a variety of locations such as the LINKS office, schools and at home.

How to access LINKS?

If you are interested in finding out more, please email links@facs.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 49851487 (Charlestown), 02 4722 7343 (Penrith).

LINKS and OurSPACE are initiatives of Their Futures Matter.

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Last updated: 11 Apr 2019
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