Understanding roles and responsibilities in the sector
Child wellbeing and safety is everyone’s responsibility, which means everyone works together to keep children safe and well.
NGOs perform a key function in supporting children and their families and government agencies.
NGOs have unique strengths and capabilities in providing specialised or locally based services that are shaped by their communities through their clients, staff, management and boards. NGOs deliver services and initiatives which are often funded by government in a transparent, accountable and professional manner, and in accordance with agreements negotiated for these purposes. For example, NGOs are service providers for preservation and restoration programs, the Permanency Support Program and Specialist Homelessness Services.
NGOs work collaboratively across the service system. They ensure their clients have access to support and assistance for children and their families throughout their journey, from early intervention to intensive support and case management.