Family Safety Pack

The Australian Government has developed a family safety pack with information on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage.

The pack aims to reduce violence against women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, by ensuring they understand their rights and where to get support if needed. It also aims to strengthen support for women coming to Australia on a Partner Visa, by providing information on the family violence visa provisions and available support.

The pack includes four factsheets on the following topics:

The pack also includes a low literacy storyboard.

The pack is a key initiative of the Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. Under the Second Action Plan, the Australian Government is committed to understanding and addressing violence against women from CALD backgrounds and improving support available to CALD women.

The pack is available in 22 community languages. For translations please go to https://www.dss.gov.au/family-safety-pack

OneFACS Service Centre | Expression of Interest

I am writing with the exciting news that the OneFACS Service Centre expression of interest (EOI) for all non-government organisations in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District is now open and accessible via the Community Builders website.

In June 2015, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Illawarra Shoalhaven District (ISD) will deliver a state of the art OneFACS Service Centre in Coniston.

The aim of the Centre is to provide an integrated and innovative space where non-government organisations (NGOs) and government agencies can work together to break the cycle of disadvantage for local clients. Through the co-location of the three FACS agencies (Community Services; Ageing, Disability and Home Care; and, Housing NSW) and local human service providers, it is envisaged that the Centre will create collaborative and coordinated responses to endemic social issues in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

To realise these aims, ISD is seeking NGOs who can provide support in the following areas:

  • people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
  • people suffering from financial hardship or joblessness, or those at risk;
  • people affected by domestic or family violence;
  • people with disabilities;
  • people with mental illness;
  • people with substance misuse issues;
  • children and youth at risk
  • families at risk; or,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

All information and documentation regarding the EOI process, including the application form and applicant guide is available on the Community Builders website from 9am Monday,16 March until 2pm on Monday, 13 April 2015. Please note that any applications sent after this time will not be assessed. You DO NOT need to login into the website to complete your application, simply click on the relevant link to the application form.

When completing your application please make sure all the information requested is provided as incomplete applications may not be assessed. Please do not send any attachments with your application as they will not be assessed.

For information regarding your application please email Michael Tyrpenou via michael.tyrpenou@facs.nsw.gov.au

OneFACS Service Centre | Expression of Interest

I am writing with the exciting news that the OneFACS Service Centre expression of interest (EOI) for all non-government organisations in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District is now open and accessible via the Community Builders website.

In June 2015, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Illawarra Shoalhaven District (ISD) will deliver a state of the art OneFACS Service Centre in Coniston.

The aim of the Centre is to provide an integrated and innovative space where non-government organisations (NGOs) and government agencies can work together to break the cycle of disadvantage for local clients. Through the co-location of the three FACS agencies (Community Services; Ageing, Disability and Home Care; and, Housing NSW) and local human service providers, it is envisaged that the Centre will create collaborative and coordinated responses to endemic social issues in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

To realise these aims, ISD is seeking NGOs who can provide support in the following areas:

  • people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
  • people suffering from financial hardship or joblessness, or those at risk;
  • people affected by domestic or family violence;
  • people with disabilities;
  • people with mental illness;
  • people with substance misuse issues;
  • children and youth at risk
  • families at risk; or,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

All information and documentation regarding the EOI process, including the application form and applicant guide is available on the Community Builders website from 9am Monday,16 March until 2pm on Monday, 13 April 2015. Please note that any applications sent after this time will not be assessed. You DO NOT need to login into the website to complete your application, simply click on the relevant link to the application form.

When completing your application please make sure all the information requested is provided as incomplete applications may not be assessed. Please do not send any attachments with your application as they will not be assessed.

For information regarding your application please email Michael Tyrpenou via michael.tyrpenou@facs.nsw.gov.au

Picture1Some of you would have seen or heard about Beyond Empathy’s Youth Film Project Rites of Passage, which was produced by young people in the Illawarra and took out a Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Warsaw Film Festival as well as screening in Brazil, Cyprus, USA, Canada, Finland and in 20 cities around Australia.

BE is working on a new film project collaborating with children under 12 and their families, many of whom live in public housing. Over the next three years, the children, their families, neighbours and broader community will be producing images and short narrative video material that will be animated to look like hand made lead pencil sketches, water colour paintings, screen prints, charcoal, chalk and coloured pencil drawings. The project is telling stories about childhood and growing respect… and this is your first chance to see what this project is producing.

You are invited to the launch of this project at the Gala Cinema on Wednesday 3rd December 5 pm – 6 pm. We are hoping that you can come, and that you can share this invitation through to your colleagues, friends and networks.

The children involved in Beyond Empathy’s Film Project, will host this event, screen some short scenes and trailers that show their work… and it would be great to get them a good audience and boost their confidence.

(PS. All the material screened at the launch is suitable for a General or G rating type audience)

FamS Innovative Practice Forum + AGM

2014-10-21 08_06_15-FW_ FamS Innovative Practice Forum - 30 October 2014 - Message (HTML)9.00am – 10.30am FamS Innovative Practice forum

Topic: Supporting children and families around parental substance use

Our Innovative Practice forums aim to increase knowledge about best practice approaches that contribute to better outcomes for children and families. This forum will focus on both the research and practice behind how we can better support children and families when there is parental substance misuse. Dr Stephanie Taplin is the Associate Director of Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) at the Australian Catholic University and she will discuss her research around parental substance use and child protection.

Kerry Moore is the Senior Manager at Barnardos, South Coast Centre and Hunter/ Central Coast. Kerry will provide a practical example of the work Barnados are doing in their Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Service (SUPPS).

For all information – click here

9.00am—10.30am $25.00 per person Register here

11.00am – 11.30am  FamS Annual General Meeting

The NSW Family Services constitution provides for the election of half of the members of the Board of Governance every year. The term of appointment is two years.

This year, calls for nomination are required for the positions of Chairperson, and Ordinary Board Member (three positions to be filled).

If you are interested in nominating for a position on the NSW Family Services Board of Governance you should complete the forms that were recently sent to your via email and then return them in accordance with the instructions contained on Nomination Form.

If more nominations are received than positions available, a postal ballot of eligible members will be held in accordance with the provisions of our constitution.

11.00am—11.30am FREE of charge Register here

11.30am – 4.00pm FamS District Reps Forum

For more infromation on these forums please contact our office:

Contact
Phone: 02 9692 9999
Email: info@nswfamilyservices.asn.au

Wollongong Child Safe Organisations Workshop

Picture2Date | 30th October 2014

Register Now

The Office of the Children’s Guardian is running a free workshop to assist participants with implementing best practice principles for Child Safe Organisations in their workplace.

The session is being held at the State Government Office, Block B, 84 Crown Street WOLLONGONG on 30th of October at 10am to 4.30pm.

What you will learn:

  • Tips and tools to make our organisation more child safe
  • Policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Situational prevention
  • Risk management strategies
  • Your obligations under the Working With Children Check
  • Recruitment of staff / volunteers and selection tips
  • Complaints handling procedures
  • Participants will receive a workbook with helpful information and templates.

Participants who remain for the entire duration of the workshop will also receive a certificate of attendance.

Like to know more? Register Now for the information sessions or visit our website http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au to view other available sessions