Intensive Family Support program
The Intensive Family Support program was created to provide practical and timely counselling and support to children and their families presenting with a variety of concerns including self esteem, depression, trauma, attachment issues and social skills development. The program uses a holistic and strengths based approach to engage clients in their journey of change to develop new and positive ways of moving through their issues utilising the strengths and resources they have. The program is tailored to the individual needs of the client and includes home visits and practical support such as engaging the client in community based activities to build linkages that will sustain change after the program is completed. Typically the program runs for a 12 week period and is reviewed on an individual basis with ongoing support available. The SCS team works closely with all relevant stakeholders to assist the client in accessing support where available and to educate stakeholders as to appropriate strategies to support the client.
Intensive Carer Support program
It has been found in certain circumstances, some carer households require additional support after an assessment has been completed. For example, in the interim between being allocated a fostering support agency or while awaiting Orders to be transferred between States, some carers may not have any professional, practical or emotional supports available to them due to circumstances outside of their control. In these periods of time, in order to increase placement stability and ensure carer capacity is maintained, SCS offers Intensive Carer Support packages, tailored to the specific needs of the carer household. We can provide:
- Regular home visits and support to the carer and child/ren
- Training and psycho-education, one-on-one in the carer’s home
- On-call support
- Youth work/mentoring
- Transport and facilitation of family contact sessions
- Regular feedback to the agency or Department regarding the progress of the placement.
In the case of kinship placements outside of the subject child’s Region or State, we are eager to offer such supports to ensure placements remain settled and secure and the child’s wellbeing is maintained, until more permanent supports or programs can be put in place.
Please contact Mel James on firstname.lastname@example.org for a more information.