Have your say about strengthening WA Government services for children and young people in care and those with a care experience
The Department of Communities (Communities) is reviewing the way that Western Australian State Government agencies provide services to children and young people with a care experience. Along with Communities, State Government agencies have a shared responsibility and commitment to respond collaboratively to the needs of these individuals.
This commitment is currently reflected in the “Rapid Response” framework, which will undergo review and rebranding.
A new framework will be developed to improve the way certain State Government agencies work alongside Communities to support children in care and care leavers by providing them with timely access to the services they require. These agencies include the Departments of Education, Health, Justice, Training and Workforce Development, and Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Children who are removed from their family and placed into care are a highly vulnerable group and may experience higher levels of disadvantage in physical and emotional health, education and training engagement, maintaining positive relationships, and having stable employment and housing.
Coordinated and timely services to address children and young people’s needs and difficulties could include health and developmental screening, education and training support, dental therapy, speech and occupational therapy, access to stable accommodation, transition support to adult services, mental health and wellbeing services, and access to community activities such as sport and recreation.
Protecting children is everyone’s responsibility. Parents, communities and government all have a role to play.
That is why Western Australians are being encouraged to have a say to help shape the new framework through a consultation process, which will explore significant issues and ways to address them.
We are seeking input from children and young people in care, care leavers, foster and family carers, and special guardianship carers to draft and rebrand a framework that better meets the needs of those in the care system and care leavers by enabling easier access to State Government services.
There are two surveys aimed at different groups, the results of which will help inform the development of the framework.
The information you provide in the survey is confidential and will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected.
If you would like to be sent updates about the review and invited to participate in consultations, you can email us your details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The survey for children and young people in care, and care leavers, has now closed.
The survey for approved Department of Communities carers, agency carers, and special guardian carers has now closed.