Child Protection

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Brighter Futures is an early intervention program building resilience in vulnerable families with young children.

The program focuses on ensuring children can live safely in their homes by preventing and overcoming domestic violence, substance misuse and parental mental health issues.

By preventing issues from reaching a crisis point, families stay together and less children enter out-of-home care, corrective or mental health services.

Visit

https://www.benevolent.org.au/services-and-programs/list-of-programs/brighter-futures

For more information or call

1800 236 762

customercare@benevolent.org.au

This team offers information and assistance on parenting, family relationship work, referrals, budgets, educational issues, Centrelink difficulties, children at risk matters, child behaviour and other issues which arise in families. Workers can provide assistance at the centre in the form of counselling and case management as well as practical in-home assistance.

The team comprises four distinct roles:

Generalist Family Worker
Works to assist families  where dependent children are involved in a family setting where there is crisis and stress

Specialist Family Worker
Works with families where there are complexities in the family setting such as mental illness or disabilities, and where children are placed under stress and crisis.

Arabic Family Worker
Works with families that speak the Arabic language and there is stress and crisis within the family.

Aboriginal Family Worker
Works with families who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and there is stress and crisis within the family.

This service is free of charge

Visit www.cafs.com.au for more information

Mandatory reporters in NSW should use the Mandatory Reporter Guide (MRG) if they have concerns that a child or young person is at risk of being neglected or physically, sexually or emotionally abused.

The MRG supports mandatory reporters to:

  • determine whether a report to the Child Protection Helpline is needed for concerns about possible abuse or neglect of a child (including unborn) or young person.
  • identify alternative ways to support vulnerable children, young people and their families where a mandatory reporter’s response is better served outside the statutory child protection system.

It is recommended that mandatory reporters complete the MRG on each occasion they have risk concerns, regardless of their level of experience or expertise. Each circumstance is different and every child and young person is unique.

Visit https://reporter.childstory.nsw.gov.au/s/ to access the guide and more information