That’s a Wrap: August at Fams

That’s a Wrap: August at Fams

The extended lockdown meant some of our work was put on hold while we stood up other initiatives to support the sector during the month of August. Here’s a wrap-up.

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Family Connect and Support and TEI Services Forum

Family Connect and Support and TEI Services Forum

Fams is inviting TEI services from Western Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney and Northern Sydney to meet with Barnardos Australia and hear about the Family Connect and Support (FCS) program in your District.

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Public Health Order Compliance

Public Health Order Compliance

Yesterday, Fams was joined (at ridiculously short notice) by Angus McFarland, Assistant Secretary of the ASU NSW & ACT Services Branch, and David Prior, Workplace Relations Specialist at Jobs Australia.

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Toward Access and Equity Research Study

Toward Access and Equity Research Study

The Research Centre for Children and Families is undertaking research to explore professional views of influences on parenting capacity assessments with parents with intellectual disability in New South Wales.

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ARACY Release “What’s in the Nest?”

ARACY Release “What’s in the Nest?”

ARACY have released the new ‘What’s in the Nest’ resource. The Nest is a versatile, evidence-based and prevention-focused wellbeing framework for children and young people developed by ARACY in 2012 in partnership with 150 organisations and close to 4000 children, young people and experts.

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Please Help Us Be Your Voice

Please Help Us Be Your Voice

Since the COVID-19 pandemic appeared in March 2020, Fams has been working closely with the sector to learn and understand what you need to keep working safely.

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SSTF funds released

SSTF funds released

The NSW Government will contribute the remaining $5.5 million from the Social Sector Transformation Fund (SSTF) to more than 550 organisations to help improve digital service delivery.

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ECAV rolls out its 2022 training calendar

ECAV rolls out its 2022 training calendar

NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV) is currently developing their training calendar for 2022. Organisations can now apply for training and/or become a local coordinator. Benefits to being a local coordinator include five free places in the training.

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Fams’ meeting with The Hon. Minister Alister Henskens

Fams’ meeting with The Hon. Minister Alister Henskens

Fams met meet with The Hon. Alister Henskens MP, NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services on Wednesday 11 August 2021, after writing to him on 27 July in regard to our concerns for vulnerable children and families during this latest lockdown.

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Update: In Conversation During Lockdown

Update: In Conversation During Lockdown

Fams is hearing that some organisations impacted by lockdown are having difficulty getting their financial records completed by their accountant – and then to their nominated audit – or because of movement restrictions.

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Findings from our Lockdown Conversations

Findings from our Lockdown Conversations

Over 100 people have joined Fams on Tuesdays for the return of our weekly conversations with the TEI sector for updates and connection during the ongoing pandemic lockdown. We thank Anthony Shannon, DCJ Director Early Intervention, Volunteering and Youth, for joining us to take questions.

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National plan to protect children

National plan to protect children

Fams has submitted a response to to Department of Social Services consultation paper: Implementing the successor plan to the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020.

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FACSIAR Evidence to Action Notes

FACSIAR Evidence to Action Notes

Family and Community Services Insights Analysis and Research (FACSIAR) has released two new FACSIAR Evidence to Action notes relevant to the sector.

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Save the Date: In Conversation with AbSec and DCJ

Save the Date: In Conversation with AbSec and DCJ

TEI service providers are invited to our discussion with Bill Pritchard, AbSec, and Anthony Shannon, DCJ on the Aboriginal Case Management Policy: Strengthening Aboriginal Families, an operational framework for all practitioners working with Aboriginal children, young people and families across the continuum of support in NSW.

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Refugee Week 2021 reminds us unity is the way forward

Refugee Week 2021 reminds us unity is the way forward

According to the Refugee Council of Australia, “there are thousands of people seeking asylum living in the Australian community. Some of these people have come to Australia by plane, and sought asylum afterwards. Some of them have come to Australia by boat. The way they came affects whether they are detained, the conditions of their visas, and how their claim for protection is determined.”

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Meet the team: Alison Leader

Meet the team: Alison Leader

Alison is responsible for Fams’ social media content. The former journalist also writes and designs the Weekly Wrap, which comes out every Friday.

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Meet the team: Emma Crundall

Meet the team: Emma Crundall

Emma is a marketing and publications professional who’s worked for SCECGS Redlands, Sunnyfield Disability Services, and the non-profit organisation Royal Far West.

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DCJ hub launched to share research on vulnerable families

DCJ hub launched to share research on vulnerable families

The Family and Community Services Insights Analysis and Research (FACSIAR) team in the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) have developed a hub which gives access to evidence on what works to help ensure positive outcomes for vulnerable families.

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Family Preservation Program recommissioning

Family Preservation Program recommissioning

Fams continues to support connection between intensive family support service providers and DCJ Central Office and Districts to progress recommissioning into the new Family Preservation Program.

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Have you booked your TEI workshop?

Have you booked your TEI workshop?

Wish you could attend a workshop to help you navigate the world of TEI data? Well, Fams has come to the rescue with a series of sessions designed for each NSW region.

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Meet the team: Kim Stace

Meet the team: Kim Stace

Kim is the Sector Engagement Manager at Fams, representing us on a number of targeted early intervention (TEI) and child protection projects.

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