Regional kids get support through new trauma program
Children under 15 in out-of-home care in regional and remote NSW will receive specialised support through a new outreach program to manage their trauma.
The new program, OurSPACE will focus on improving family relationships and strengthening the foster and kinship placements of young people in care, regardless of where they live in NSW and without the need to travel or re-locate.
OurSPACE is designed to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families, ensuring that every child has a safe, permanent and loving home for life.
The NSW Government has partnered with the Australian Childhood Foundation to deliver the program, which will be accessed by up to 2700 children and their carers until June 2020.
Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said a young person’s location should not determine their prospects for healing.
“We know that when trauma in children is left unmanaged, it can have a disastrous impact on their relationships and placement stability,” Ms Goward said.
“This support will help young people to deal with trauma so they can maintain a positive and stable placement in care.”