The situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to progress in Western Australia. We recognise this is impacting foster carers both personally and professionally, and we thank you for your continued efforts in supporting children and families in WA.
We understand that ongoing announcements about COVID-19 may cause some confusion, particularly around essential services. Services for vulnerable children, families and individuals are essential and we will continue to provide these services during this pandemic, however they may just look a little different to what you may be used to.
We will continue to work with you during this challenging time and realise that this may require flexible and different approaches to keep you, your families and the children you care for safe.
We will continue to provide you with updated information.
Contact between children in the CEO’s care and their family and significant people is still important at this time. Maintaining safe and healthy contact must be the priority for everyone involved.
There are many different ways children can stay connected to their family, culture and community:
We know that foster carers and families want what is best for their children, and we are regularly reviewing our guidance during this uncertain time. We will bring you further updates as soon as they are available.
Children in care and their carers are bound by the regional travel restrictions. Information about exemptions for travel across regional boundaries is available. Please speak to your case worker if you have any questions.
Children and young people in care may experience extra stress at this time, and they may feel more isolated from their birth families and support networks.
There are a number of practical ways you can help. Physical distancing does not mean we cannot stay connected. It does not mean we stop thinking about the wellbeing of children.
You can consider: