We are working with our clients, service providers, other government departments and related organisations to redesign the service system.
We are reforming targeted earlier intervention programs because despite our best endeavours, the number of children reported at risk of significant harm continues to grow, and we need to intervene earlier.
There are many more children and families that need support to have more positive pathways in life.
We need a service system that is:
The following programs are being considered as part of the reform:
The Aboriginal Targeted Earlier Intervention Strategy will underpin all elements of the program reform. This will ensure there are more opportunities for Aboriginal people to be engaged in the design of a system that better meets their needs, ensures growth in the capacity of Aboriginal organisations, and that Aboriginal people and organisations are at the centre of delivering TEI programs.
Face-to-face consultations on the draft Aboriginal Targeted Earlier Intervention Strategy will be occurring across NSW in the coming month - further information will be provided shortly. The draft Aboriginal Targeted Earlier Intervention Strategy is available for comment – please email feedback to TEIReform@facs.nsw.gov.au by Tuesday 31 October 2017.
TEI quality practice:
Assessment, supported referrals and information: These are foundation activities, provided in an effective and timely manner, including common assessments, supported referrals to other service providers, and information such as brochures, websites and other resources.
Pathways and partnerships: These activities will continuously improve supported referrals, connections and sector capacity building within the local community and service system.
Aboriginal, CALD and disability accessibility and capability: These activities and capabilities will proactively enable individuals and families to access and determine the way their support is provided.
Minister Goward has granted three year funding arrangements under the new TEI program, from 1 July 2017. These services will be required to continue to work with FACS to implement TEI service reforms in their area.
This will provide funding certainty for providers and ensure ongoing service delivery for clients, whilst allowing time for completion of the TEI reform planning phase and implementation of the locally developed service model.
Letters have been issued to services regarding this announcement.
The following TEI program documentation is now available to support program planning and implementation:
Phase Three District Information Sessions- District Powerpoint Presentation
District information sessions on the Targeted Earlier Intervention reform directions were held through August and October.
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