10.16 Referral to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family support service

Purpose

This procedure outlines the process to refer families to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Support Service (ATSIFSS). The ATSIFSS is a community controlled intensive family support service that provides family support services to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

The objectives of the ATSIFSS are to:

  • support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to provide safe care within their own communities
  • improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families by providing prevention and early intervention services
  • assist in preventing or minimising the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in the statutory child protection system
  • assist in reducing the number of re-notifications of possible harm or risk of harm for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families when the objective of child protection intervention is either for the child to remain safely in the home or reunification.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Support Services reduce the risk of harm to children within the family and home environment and improve the capacity of families to nurture, protect and keep their children safe, where ongoing departmental intervention (Child Safety) is required. 25% of ATSIFSS service delivery is targeted at families with a child subject to ongoing statutory intervention, with 75% of service delivery targeted at providing early intervention to families with a child at risk of entering or re-entering the child protection system.

  • improve the wellbeing and safety of children, young people and their families
  • build the capacity of families to care for and protect their children
  • prevent entry into the statutory child protection system
  • work to achieve reunification and family preservation.

Key steps

  1. Determine eligibility for an ATSIFSS referral
  2. Make a referral to an ATSIFSS
  3. Action following a referral to an ATSIFSS

What ifs - responding to specific ATSIFSS matters

 Standards

  1. An ATSIFSS referral is made for an eligible child, when it is assessed that the family would benefit from assistance provided by the ATSIFSS.

Authority