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:
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.
The TEI Sector Assistance Strategy (the Strategy) aims to support existing TEI funded services to effectively and confidently transition to the new TEI program. The Strategy is designed to build upon the wide range of existing work being conducted by FACS, peak agencies and other organisations, and deliver additional support to the sector where it is needed.
The Strategy will deliver assistance in two stages. Stage One will support services to engage with the TEI commissioning process and Stage Two will focus on program implementation, building the TEI service delivery evidence base, and enhancing supporting activities.
See also, Edition 35 of the TEI Newsletter for more information.
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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