The state government has announced it will invest more than $2.3 million over the next three years to trial a new model of family support on the Gold Coast, with the SafeCare program launching last month.
SafeCare is an early intervention program designed to prevent family breakdown and children and young people from entering the out of home care system
Act for Kids on the Gold Coast will deliver the highly regarded model which has already achieved excellent results in the US and is currently being rolled out in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales.
Minister for Child Safety Di Farmer said Act for Kids will visit homes of Gold Coast families in most need of support for up to 90 minutes a week, every week for four and a half months.
Ms Farmer said the community organisation will help teach parents how to keep their children healthy, how to react when their child is sick or injured and to recognise when symptoms need emergency care.
“I have no doubt that parenting skills will be improved during that time,” Ms Farmer said.
“The focus will be on parent support and behaviour and the training is structured to suit the needs of each individual family.”
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the program would be particularly successful with young parents who had no social support.
Act for Kids Executive Director of Services, Katrina Lines was also at the launch in June and said the team delivering the program are already far ahead of schedule in terms of their accreditation.
“It’s a highly skilled team we’ve put together here and I know they are going to make an incredible difference to the lives of struggling young families in Coomera,” Dr Lines said.