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    New family and child service for Gold Coast

    Vulnerable families and their children on the Gold Coast will benefit from more support, through a new community-based child safety intake and referral service.

    Member for Broadwater Verity Barton said Act for Kids had been selected to operate the new Gold Coast Family and Child Connect service from early January 2015, delivering on the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services.

    “Family and Child Connect services are an important component of the Stronger Families reform program which aim to shift the focus from placing children in care to keeping families at home together whenever possible,” Miss Barton said.

    “The community-based intake and referral services will mean that families at risk of statutory child protection intervention will no longer need to go through the door of child safety to get the help they need.

    “Instead, they will have access to information, support and referrals through this new service.

    “Staff at the new service will be able to assess the individual needs of families and arrange for the right support to be provided.

    “Overall it will mean that support will be more easily accessible for those families who need it to stay together.”

    Miss Barton said more money was being invested and families, not process, were now the priority.

    “Labor was more concerned about paperwork and red tape, but our government has a strong plan that will give families living on the Gold Coast a brighter future,” she said.

    “The new service is part of our government’s record investment of $406 million over the next five years to revitalise the state’s child protection system and better support vulnerable children and their families.

    “This funding is part of the government’s ongoing response to the recommendations made by the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.”

    For more information about the Government’s response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry Final Report, go to: www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/reform-and-renewal/child-and-family-reforms


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