$42.1m OVER 4 YEARS
To meet the costs of an estimated increase in the number of children and young people in care.
NEWPIN FAMILY REUNIFICATION PROGRAM
$18.2m OVER 7 YEARS ($9.7m OVER THE FORWARD ESTIMATES)
To establish the Newpin program. Newpin is an intensive therapeutic centre-based family reunification program and is expected to support more than 200 families with children aged six years and under in care on a temporary care order, where reunification has been identified as an appropriate goal. Funded through a social impact bond.
RESILIENT FAMILIES - SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTMENT
$11.3m OVER 6 YEARS
Resilient Families is an intensive home-based family support intervention program that will be delivered by the Benevolent Society. Expected to support 300 families with children aged under 9 years who have been referred for protective family preservation where unaddressed concerns are likely to result in out-of-home care.
CONTINUITY OF SUPPORT - VOLUNTARY OUT-OF-HOME CARE
$4.6m OVER 4 YEARS
Preventing children with a disability and exceptional needs from unnecessarily entering statutory care services by funding accommodation and living costs along with case coordination costs where needed.
FAMILY GROUP CONFERENCES
$3.7m OVER 4 YEARS
Establish family group conferences as an ongoing program. Family group conferencing provides an opportunity for children and young people, family and community workers to make informed and timely decisions about care arrangements.
STABILITY POST CARE PROGRAM
$2.7m PILOT OVER 3.5 YEARS
Supporting young people up to the age of 21 years with complex needs leaving care who are at risk of homelessness and housing instability.
CHILD DIVERSION PROGRAM - YOUTH JUSTICE
$1.3m IN 2021-22 AND 2022-23
Triage and support service for children who are at risk of being remanded into custody due to lack of accommodation. The service will connect children to family support services, broker short term accommodation and link children and families to longer term intervention to better prevent the child’s further entry into youth justice or child protection systems.
SIGNIFICANT INCIDENT REPORTING UNIT
$1.2m OVER 2 YEARS
Establish a significant incident reporting unit in the Department for Child Protection.
YOUTH COURT RESOURCES
$339 000 IN 2021-22
Additional resources to address increased workloads in the care and protection jurisdiction.
EXPANSION OF THE SPORTS VOUCHERS PROGRAM
$5.8m OVER 4 YEARS
Expand the successful ($100 per eligible child) program to include students in years 8 and 9.