11 New Child And Family Centres To Be Established

11 New Child And Family Centres To Be Established

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

Katherine To Receive A New Child And Family Centre

Victor P Taffa

Every Territory child deserves the best start in life and the Northern Territory Government is investing to meet the needs of our youngest Territorians now and into the future.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today announced that Katherine will be the second location, after Tennant Creek, to receive a new Child and Family Centre.

“Territory Government is making significant investments in key areas that will create safer communities and lead to generational change.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

 

“Child and Family Centres will support at-risk children, young people and their families. Each centre will be unique and driven by the local community’s priorities and needs. This is part of Local Decision Making, and we are giving that power to the community to drive.”

$600,000 will be invested annually to support the Katherine Child and Family Centre.

Child and Family Centres will improve outcomes for children and their families, and will coordinate the delivery of support services to children, young people, and their families.

“Territory Government continues to invest in the Katherine community and in solutions to ensure that vulnerable children and families receive the best pathways for a bright future.” Member for Katherine Sandra Nelson said.

“A new Child and Family Centre in Katherine is great news for our community, and as the Local Member it’s something that I have been advocating for.”

Establishment of 11 new Child and Family Centres form part of the Implementation Plan for the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

There are currently 6 existing Child and Family Centres in the Northern Territory. The centres are located in:

  • Alice Springs,
  • Gunbalanya,
  • Maningrida,
  • Ngukurr,
  • Palmerston,
  • Yuendumu.

Northern Territory Government has allocated $11.4 Million over 4 years to expand the number of Child and Family Centres from 6 to 17.

In addition, $17.3 Million from the Territory Government’s Early Childhood Strategy Starting Early for a Better Future will be invested to focus on the needs of children 0-5 years and their families.

“It is encouraging to see the Northern Territory Government talking with us about what we can achieve together for the children of Katherine.” Chair of Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service and Jawoyn Association and Deputy Chair of Kalano Community Association Lisa Mumbin said.

“Establishment of a Child and Family Centre for Katherine led by an Aboriginal Controlled Organisation is a fantastic opportunity for us to work together to bring about the change that we all believe in.”

Services and programs at each centre will be driven by the local community as part of Local Decision-Making principles, and are designed to help families and communities strengthen their capacity to raise children successfully, giving them the best start in life.

Child and Family Centres will:

  • Assist and support local families experiencing vulnerability to address their needs
  • Strengthen community leadership and capacity to support families to raise happy and healthy children
  • Place strong, sustainable and accountable systems for improving child and family wellbeing
  • Partner with government agencies, non-government agencies, and local communities
  • Controlled by local communities and include local governance structures, supported by Local Decision Making

New Katherine Child and Family Centre is expected to be operational by end of this year.