This section outlines other reforms undertaken by the NSW Government, which relate to the areas of out-of-home care, child protection, and child wellbeing.
Further reforms and programs are outlined on the Department of Family and Community Services website.
Targeted Earlier Intervention
The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) is recommissioning existing Targeted and Earlier Intervention (TEI) service providers. The new program is an important step towards achieving the Premier’s priority of protecting our most vulnerable children. TEI funded services will be recommissioned under the NSW Government Human Services Agreement (HSA) from 1 July 2020.
What is the new TEI program?
The new Targeted Earlier Intervention program will deliver flexible support to children, young people, families and communities experiencing or at risk of vulnerability. Current TEI services to be recommissioned include those delivered under the following programs:
- Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy
- Child Youth and Family Support
- Community Builders
- Families NSW
- Getting It Together
Services will be delivered under two broad streams:
- Community strengthening – activities that build cohesion, inclusion and wellbeing across all communities, and empower Aboriginal communities
- Wellbeing and safety – activities that support families and individuals, and provide opportunities for personal development
The new streams reflect the strategic priorities of the Stronger Communities Investment Unit
(SCIU), the lead unit of the Their Futures Matter (TFM) whole-of-system landmark reform.
Keep Them Safe
Keep Them Safe: A shared approach to child wellbeing was the NSW Government's five-year (2009-14) plan to reshape the way family and community services were delivered in NSW.
In 2017, the NSW Government launched Their Futures Matter: A new approach. A key reform, Their Futures Matter is a long-term strategy to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families.
Keep Them Safe initiatives form part of the Stronger Communities Investment Unit’s funding allocation.
Shaping a Better Child Protection System
The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has released a discussion paper, Shaping a Better Child Protection System, which proposes a range of amendments to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (The Care Act) and the Adoption Act 2000, intended to help shape a better child protection system.