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Liberal Government says “thanks” to social workers on World Social Work Day today

Today on World Social Work Day the Liberal Government extends its sincere thanks to social workers across South Australia for their ongoing hard work and dedication.

World Social Work Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of social workers, as well as raise awareness of their contribution to the community.

Services to be consolidated into new intensive support system for at risk children and families

The State Government will consolidate services and staff from several departments to establish a new system of intensive support services, designed to disrupt patterns of child abuse and neglect.

Liberal Government to extend carer payments to children aged 21 from January 1, 2019

From today, family-based carers will be able to access carer payments for young people up to age 21, providing greater stability and opportunities for them to thrive and reach their full potential.

New early intervention pilot program aims to keep families together

The Liberal Government will pilot a ground-breaking new early intervention program specifically developed for South Australian families at risk of having their children enter the child protection system.

State Government to close 12-bed Queenstown Unit and develop new out of home care model

The State Government will close the 12-bed Queenstown Community Unit in response to ongoing concerns regarding the care of children and young people living in the large-scale residential care facility.

In addition to closing Queenstown, the Department for Child Protection will develop a new out of home care model to better support Aboriginal children and young people in care by April 2019.

Progress to better protect children from institutional child sexual abuse

The State Government will today table the first annual report for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, detailing significant steps that have been taken to better protect children.

This whole-of-government report, which is the first of five, demonstrates the work happening across agencies to make institutions safer for children.

New pilot program helping young people transitioning from care to adulthood

A new State Government pilot program being delivered by two leading community organisations is helping young people in care with complex needs transition smoothly into adult life in regional South Australia.

Government taskforce to redesign SA’s child abuse and neglect early intervention and prevention system

A newly formed State Government Taskforce has been charged with redesigning South Australia’s child abuse and neglect early intervention and prevention system.

The Taskforce establishment forms part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to targeting early intervention and prevention, with the aim of reducing the impact and extent of child abuse and neglect in South Australia.

Adelaide to host world leading congress on child abuse and neglect

The State Government has won a bid to host a world leading congress, with more than 1000 international experts set to converge on Adelaide in late 2020 to discuss new and innovative ways to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect.

New funding towards South Australian research to tackle child abuse and neglect

The State Government has awarded the state’s leading researchers an almost $1 million boost towards further understanding and tackling child abuse and neglect.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the two postdoctoral fellowship programs, worth just under $1 million over two years, will be critical in shaping the state’s early intervention services in the future.