Western Australia Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney
State Budget 2010-11: State-Private Sector Partnership Will Create Family Support Hubs
Victor P Taffa
Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney has announced additional funding of $1.4 Million in 2010-11 and $5.6 Million over four years for the non-government sector to establish family support hubs across the State.
The strong foundation of the State Budget will promote increased support for families and the community service sector.
Mrs. McSweeney said the State Government, in partnership with the community services sector, would develop family support hubs across the metropolitan and regional areas from 2010 to 2012.
“The first phase of this exciting initiative will start this December with the establishment of hubs in Midland, Armadale, Joondalup and the South-West.” the Minister said.
The Minister said the Secondary Family Support State Plan 2010-2013 aimed to develop a State-wide network of high quality, integrated services to support children, individuals and families.
“The plan is designed to ensure that the risks and crises faced and experienced by individuals and families in our community are appropriately addressed.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“In the longer term this may dramatically reduce the social and economic costs associated with child abuse and neglect.”
“The establishment of secondary family support hubs will ensure the State is better positioned to manage the anticipated increase in demand in child protection services following the expansion of mandatory reporting in 2012.” the Minister said.