Out of Home Care in the Inner West

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Exciting announcement about new services in the Inner West

As of 1 July 2020 we will manage what was formerly known as Stretch-A-Family’s (SAF) Residential Care Services Program in the Inner West. This opportunity brings us closer to our vision to expand our services beyond the Northern Beaches and fill service gaps to ensure young people receive the support they need.

We are grateful to SAF's CEO and Board for selecting to transition the residential care services to us - ensuring continuity for the young people in their care.  SAF selected The Burdekin Association because of similarities in philosophy and size which means the personalised care the young people received in the past is likely to continue. More on that below.

Successfully taking on the Inner West Residential Care Services means working collaboratively. SAF and The Burdekin Association share a commitment to quality care, innovative practices and specialised support services.

Out of Home Care Residential Care Services in the Inner West

11th May 2020 - SAF and TBA joined statement: 

We are delighted to announce that the OOHC Inner West Residential Care Services will be run by The Burdekin Association. Read full statement.

Inner West Service for Burdekin

Steve Kinmond, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies

Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies Announcement

About the Residential Care Service

The service currently offers four residential care programs: the On Track Program, Newington House, Stanmore House and Campsie House. These programs offer residential care and support for young people aged 12- 18 years of age.

Staff work with the young person and community services to assess if they can return to live with their family, live in foster care or continue to reside in residential care, and also to assess their living skills and support them to continue with school or employment. There is always a member of staff available and staff sleep over to support the young people during the night. All young people have their own bedroom and share common spaces such as the kitchen and lounge area.

Whilst in the residential programs, young people are supported to develop themselves towards living independently once they leave care.

Why The Burdekin Association?

SAF selected The Burdekin Association because of the similarities in philosophy and size of the two organisations which ensures the personalised care the young people received in the Inner West residences is likely to continue.

The Burdekin Association was considered to be a standout choice due to:

  • Similar size organisation to SAF
  • History of providing specialised support services to young people and expertise with Out of Home Care
  • Strong reputation in the field
  • Client centred approach to care
  • Alignment to SAF’s services, vision and mission.
The Burdekn Association Inner West residential care program
The Burdekin Association CEO

Most importantly, all the work that has been done for the children and young people currently in care in the Inner West will continue and  be build on. Operating under the Burdekin model also means that we are able to offer new opportunities, for both, children and young people currently in care and for the children and young people in need across the Inner West.

With this expansion of our services into the Inner West we ensure that the opportunities we created on the Northern Beaches of Sydney will now be extended to children and young people in the Inner West.

Our goal

There are currently four residential care programs: the On Track Program, Newington House, Stanmore House and Campsie House. These existing programs offer residential care and support for young people aged 12- 18 years of age.

In addition we will be offering:

SUPPORTED FAMILY GROUP HOME (SFGH)

SFGH is a program for children and young people aged 12 – 17 years who live with a carer who provides a nurturing home environment.

The SFGH supports the young person towards their identified life goals.

It provides a realistic setting allowing the needs of young people to be thoroughly assessed.  The potential for a supported restoration with their family is always explored.  Case managers provide intensive support to community carers, young people and their families.  An on-call service for young people and carers is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

SFGH is not a substitute family or institutional care.

We are always looking for Carers, if you are keen or know somebody who might be suitable click here: https://www.burdekin.org.au/become-carer/

SFGH is a program for children and young people aged 12 – 17 years who live with a carer who provides a nurturing home environment.

The SFGH supports the young person towards their identified life goals.

It provides a realistic setting allowing the needs of young people to be thoroughly assessed. The potential for a supported restoration with their family is always explored. Case managers provide intensive support to community carers, young people and their families. An on-call service for young people and carers is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

SFGH is not a substitute family or institutional care.

We are always looking for Carers, if you are keen or know somebody who might be suitable click here: https://www.burdekin.org.au/become-carer/

Supported Independent Living (SIL)

Supported Independent Living (SIL) options are available for young people in Out of Home Care.

The entry age is between 16 to 18 years old and the young people have the opportunity to stay up to their 20th birthday while working towards independent living.

A Case Manager is available to support the young people.

The Interim Care Model

This is a new model which we will only be offering in the Inner West.

This model is a short term emergency accommodation option for children and young people between 9 to 15.

The objective is to find a longer term solution such as restoration to family, foster care or other appropriate housing options.

Overall The Burdekin Association’s aim is to build resilience and capacity in our young people to ensure they are equipped with the necessary tools to pursue their goals and to leave the organisation at a sustainable level of independence.

As we continue to grow from strength to strength, the importance of the work that we do in the community with young people becomes more evident. We are delighted to be entering our fifth decade with this new opportunity. We are immensely proud of our success, which is down to the commitment and hard work of our staff, the support we have received from the Northern Beaches community and our partners along the way -  and of course the young people themselves.

We really look forward to connecting with the community including foremost the local young people, those working with and for them and the general public.

About the Department of Communities & Justice

The services are funded by the Department of Communities and Justice.

On 1 July 2019, the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) brought together the former departments of Family and Community Services (FACS) and Justice.

Out-of-home care information for children and young people in care and for their parents, including types of care, rights, case planning, restoration and leaving care can be found here: https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/families/out-of-home-care.

For more information about the work of the Department visit: https://www.dcj.nsw.gov.au/

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