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A presentation for services and community
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  groups working with Aboriginal children,
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         families and communities
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        Provide information about Brighter Futures

    Look at level
 Secondwhat Brighter Futures can offer to Aboriginal
                 families and communities
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We are deeply sorry for the pain and suffering
separating children from their families has caused,
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and the Department’s involvement in these
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separations. As a department we have a significant
role in protecting children and young people and we
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are committed to
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and improve the long-term outcomes for Aboriginal
children in NSW.
Jennifer Mason, Director-General
Department of Community Services
May 2008
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    What is TO EDIT Futures?
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     early intervention program
•    voluntary participation
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•    services & supports tailored to
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     meet the needs
•    focus on level
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     children by supporting families
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•    support provided early in a
     child’s life
•    aims to keep children out of the
     child protection system
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What is different about Brighter Futures?
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         • Focuses on what parents
           want
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         • Works ‘with’ parents and families,
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           looking at family strengths not just
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           needs
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         • Supports parents to use their strengths
            to overcome their problems
          • Provides practical supports
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    What is different about Brighter Futures? (cont)
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    appropriate services to a
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    diverse range of people in our
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    community
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    Centrally coordinated service
    delivery
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•   Learning and developing
•   Long term
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Why Early Intervention?
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                 benefits of early
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                   families are needing more
                   support

              3.   Cost effective
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Research evidence shows the benefits of
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early intervention TITLE
  Builds on EDIT TEXT family relationships
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  Increases resilience – the ability of families to
  adapt to meet
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  Promotes healthy child development
• Prevents children from being abused and
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  neglected
• Breaks intergenerational cycles of
  disadvantage
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Increased demand TITLE protection services

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         involved
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         since 2001/02
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         42.5% increase in number of reports of
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        9% of children reported in 2005/06 were
        under 12 months old
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          In 2006 4.09% of STYLES
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    0-14 in NSW
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    • One in
    Aboriginal child or young person in
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    2004/05
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    • Over the past three years, almost 27% of
    all children and young people in OOHC
    were Aboriginal
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Cost benefits of early intervention
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      For every $1 invested in early intervention
      to help families with young children the
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      savings on child protection, health,
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      education
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           $4 within 3 years
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         • $7
         adulthood
         • up to $17 can be saved over a lifetime
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Who is Brighter Futures for – Case study
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             Penny’s family
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Who is Brighter Futures for?
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Families with:
 • children 0-8 years
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   priority given to families with children
   under 3 years and AMIHS referred
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   families

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Families experiencing a problem that, if
not addressed, is likely to escalate and
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impact negatively on:
• capacity to parent adequately
  and/or
• the wellbeing of child/ren
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 Who is Brighter Futures for – Family problems
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Families with problems around:
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• Domestic
• Parental drug and alcohol
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  issues
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• Parental mental health issues
• Lack of extended family or
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  social supports
• Parents with significant learning
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  difficulties
• Child behaviour management
  problems
• Lack of parenting
  skills/adequate supervision
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Who is Brighter Futures for – services needed
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• Families must be likelySTYLES case
  management
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  following service types:
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   ● home visiting and/or
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   ● parenting groups and/or
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  ● quality children’s services (child care)
• An intervention of approximately 2 years
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How Brighter EDIT TITLE – Referral pathways
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                Pathways into Brighter Futures
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 Second level   • DoCS Helpline report

 Third level    • Community referral (through
                  Lead Agency and partner
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 Fifth level    • Direct referral by an Aboriginal
                  Maternal and Infant Health
                      Strategy (AMIHS) service
                      provider
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How Brighter Futures works – Lead agencies and
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the community pathway
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  Direct referral of families to the local Lead
  Agency
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• Lead Agencies and community partner
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  agencies
  services
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•Fifth level Lead Agencies and Aboriginal
  Aboriginal
  workers
• Lead Agency case management places
  reserved for Aboriginal families
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 How Brighter EDIT TITLE – AMIHS pathway
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• Families referred directly to STYLES
  EI Team in the local DoCS
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  Community Service Centre
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• Priority of access to AMIHS
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  referred families
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• Transitional period where both
  AMIHS and Brighter Futures
  workers involved with the family
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 How BrighterEDIT TITLE – following referral
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DoCS determines whether families meet the criteria to
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             be eligible for the program
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  Brighter Futures worker visits each eligible family
  and assesses the
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                       family
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If the program is suitable for the family, the family is
         then offered a place in Brighter Futures
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    Brighter TO EDIT provides:
•   Collaborative assessment of family’s needs &
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    strengths to identify & support families to achieve their
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    goals
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    Services & other supports to help parents to provide a
    safe environment and to help their children grow
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•   case management home visiting parenting programs
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    and quality child care services
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 Services provided to Penny’s family
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• Parenting program TEXT STYLES
  Second and after school care
• Child carelevel
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• Nurse home visitor
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• Victims compensation
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• Counselling
• Housing
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  Outcomes of Penny’s family’s involvement in
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  appropriately on their children’s needs and
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  on their role as parents
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• Hailey now has a good sleeping routine
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• Bradley has stopped bed wetting and is less
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  anxious
• Sarah is now regularly attending school and
  Penny can better manage Sarah’s behaviour
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How can communities support Brighter Futures?
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                  Supporting the
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                          families to participate
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                     and
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 Fifth level     Being a key contact in your
                organisation or area for workers from
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                      Working together with us
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Supporting Good Practice: Resources for Agencies
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 Procedures, guidelines and tools on the internet
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    • Brighter Futures Service Provision Guidelines
 Second level Caseworker Manual
    • Brighter Futures
    • Practice resources to support caseworkers
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 Communication resources
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    • Fact sheets for families and agencies
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    • DoCS website
    • “Being a parent can be tough” brochure
    • Area specific Aboriginal Parenting Books
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Where to from here – working together
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       Acknowledge the facts of the past
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         Work
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  Focus together on possibilities for the future
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General information
• Website: level
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  www.community.nsw.gov.au
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Specific / operational queries
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• DoCS Brighter Futures Policy:
 email EI Policy & Procedures at
 eipolproc@community.nsw.go.au

				
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