Five of Australia’s most respected child welfare organisations have joined forces to create ACT Together, a new consortium responsible for implementing the next stage of A Step Up for Kids – a four year commitment of $39 million to provide support services to children and young people in the Australian Capital Territory.
“This service will bring greater stability by bringing together all the services designed to support children and young people in care,” stated Minister for Children and Young People, Mick Gentleman when he announced the consortium at the ACT Carers Awards today. “It means that a child or young person who is in long-term care will have just one organisation responsible for their care over the course of their time in care.”
ACT Together is led by Barnardos Australia in partnership with the Australian Childhood Foundation, OzChild, Premier Youth Works and Relationships Australia.
ACT Together will begin delivering services early 2016 in a planned transition to ensure that carers and the children and young people they support are not negatively impacted by the change.
Carers transitioning to ACT Together will be supported by the Community Services Directorate and the involved agencies. No changes to foster carers will commence until April 2016 and the Community Services Directorate will provide information updates to all people involved.
ACT Together will reduce the duplication between different government and non-government agencies, give service providers more autonomy and ensure better provision of stable, long-term care for children and young people.
OzChild is thrilled to be part of this consortium and to extend their reach to children, young people, families and carers in the ACT.