Relationships Australia to Open Family Referral Service

19 Apr, 2010

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, Carmel Tebbutt, and the NSW Minister for Community Services, Linda Burney recently announced the three organisations awarded the tender to pilot Family Referral Services in Dubbo, Newcastle and Mt Druitt.

Relationships Australia will be piloting a telephone Family Referral Service in Mount Druitt as part of the Government’s Keep Them Safe initiative.

The Keep Them Safe initiative highlights the new unified approach towards child and family wellbeing, as advocated by Hon. James Wood AO QC in his Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection in NSW.
Minister Tebbutt said the NSW Government had committed $38 million over five years for the staged implementation of Family Referral Services across NSW, with $3.6 million allocated to pilot three Family Referral Services for the first 12 months.

Anne Hollonds; CEO Relationships Australia NSW said: “We are delighted to be leading the Mount Druitt Family Referral Service and linking vulnerable children, young people in need of assistance and their families with appropriate Commonwealth, State or Local Government funded support services.”

“Our primary focus will be on prevention and early intervention for vulnerable families to reduce the likelihood of the situation becoming more serious,” Ms Hollonds said.

For further information on the Keep Them Safe initiative go online to NSW Health.