Our role in the NPA is to:
- Promote strong families
- Promote a positive and healthy community environment that keeps children safe and loved.
- Respect cultural values
- Encourage people to positively address their personal and community issues; To reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect in the NPA.
- To support parents in keeping their children safe from potential abuse.
- Support young men and women who look for career support and links with employment and education services.
- Be available to families for support in issues such as parenting, budgeting, communication skills and healthy relationships.
How do we support our clients?
Home visits/court support/community education/career support/ supporting clients when they are engaging with government agencies/counselling
- Provide cultural and family advice to the Department of Child Safety during all significant decision making phases of the statutory child protection system.
- Provide information to the Department of Child Safety on agency stakeholders, networks and community protocols concerning child protection issues and how to use them appropriately.
- Involvement in decision that the Department of Child Safety makes regarding Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children in the processes and phases of the child protection system
Our Staff Roles:
- Role of a Intensive Family Support Officer (IFSO)
- Is to enable and empower families to strengthen them without taking away their ability to cope, by supporting and building on those things the family already does well. IFSO provides families with information and skills that will enable them to solve their own issues and meet their own needs.
- Role of a Parenting Education Officer:
- Delivers workshops and events for parents to bring and develop awareness to families and caregivers helping to increase their skills, knowledge and strategies to strengthen their relationship with their children.
- Delivering preparation for parenting workshops in the schools
- Delivering positive parenting workshops for young parents in the community
- Delivering stronger families in the communities workshops: Nutrition/Discipline/Child Protection/Budgeting/Gambling
- Role of a Child Youth Therapist:
- Is to provide therapeutic counselling for children and youth living in the NPA who have experienced any traumatic events and/or display inappropriate behaviours.
- Role of Recognised Entity Worker:
- To provide responsive and cultural appropriate advice to the Department of Child Safety in relation to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and young people and to assist and ensure these children and young people subject to child protection statutory intervention receive the best available, culturally appropriate advice and services.
For more Information:
NPA Family Resource Centre
Office open: Monday —Friday
Office hours: 8:30 am — 5:00 pm
Phone : 07 4212 2000
Fax: 07 4069 3548