Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced Practice First, the NSW model of child protection service delivery that has children, young people and parents at its heart has been expanded to include the Tamworth Community Services Centre.

Mr Anderson said under Practice First, Community Services practitioners are able to spend more face to face time with clients, their red tape is reduced and there is additional administrative support.

Practice First is an innovative model that improves the way caseworkers partner and work together with families and other agencies.

“Crucially, the expansion of Practice First to more sites across NSW is will help deliver better outcomes for our most vulnerable children, young people and their families.

“Early indicators from the 24 sites across New South Wales already using Practice First show that the program is having a positive impact on families, workplace culture and service delivery.

“This is largely due to the willingness of all Community Services practitioners to embrace a new way of working, to support each other and to challenge long standing practices that were taking time away from direct work with families.

“The expansion of this program shows that this Government is committed to repositioning the child protection system to put vulnerable children and young people, not systems, at the centre of everything we do.

“There is an increased emphasis on practitioners developing and sustaining relationships with families and interagency partners,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Community Service Centres that will commence Practice First by October 2014 are: Blacktown, Campbelltown, Parkes, Condobolin, Goulburn, Yass, Kempsey, Lakes, Peninsula, Wyong, Shellharbour, Tamworth and Taree.

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