Stepping up for children and young people in care

Child and adult holding hands

Good progress is being made on the A Step Up for Our Kids, a program aimed at providing better support for children and young people in care in Canberra. 

The program is working to keep families together, see fewer children entering care and provide better lives for children and young people in care.

Significant achievements to date include:

  • 65 foster and kinship carers, 48 government staff and 37 non-government staff have participated in training in trauma-informed care since September 2015,
  • Birth Family Advocacy Support Service by Australian Red Cross commenced in December 2015, with 54 referrals made to the service, and
  • Uniting’s Children and Families ACT program started in January 2016, with 63 families having been accepted for referral (21 of which identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people).
  • Continuum of Care services by ACT Together consortium started in January 2016, 179 children and young people - and 168 kinship and foster carers - transitioned to the new services.

The program also aims to provide better support for foster and kinship carers, build capacity in the non-government sector and provide intensive support for birth parents to prevent their children entering into long term care. 

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