Fams engages in groups with government and the broader service sector. These groups range from specific Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) district sector conversations to the ongoing consultation and review of The Mandatory Reporter Guide. Engagement in The Mandatory Reporter Guide review ensures that the service provider’s voice is heard on matters that impact on their practice and their work with children, young people and families. Fams collaborates with other peaks to contribute to a combined voice for the Sector and support collective work on common issues.
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Building Capacity and Capability
Social Sector Transformation Fund (SSTF)
At the end of 2021, Fams received funding through the SSTF Tranche 3, from ACWA, to deliver group and individual coaching sessions specifically to increase capacity in reporting to the Data Exchange (DEX). For 100 organisations, this coaching included four one-hour sessions whereby teams and individuals were able to talk through their set-up on DEX and problem-solve their specific questions and challenges.
Our work is now focused on the ongoing transition for the sector to the Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Program and a new reporting platform, the Data Exchange (DEX). We continue to support organisations, teams, and individual workers in understanding their contracts, accessing DEX, developing measuring tools, recording their service delivery activities and updating their Program Logics.
Family Preservation Program
The Family Preservation Recommissioning saw us increase our engagement with service providers from the Brighter Futures Lead Agency quarterly practice forums to a larger group of agencies that now combine to form the Family Preservation Program. In the early stages of the recommissioning process, Fams was asked by the sector to facilitate a space where service providers could talk about common challenges and issues relating to the reform. We facilitated several online forums for sector feedback and passed on those concerns to Government. Fams continues to support service providers going forward by providing a space where they can share their concerns and develop a shared voice to Government.
Research to Practice
In supporting the sector post-COVID and building on our previous research, Fams facilitated two NSW wide sessions focused on telepractice. With the ongoing restrictions on face-to-face delivery, organisations were required to experiment with alternative modes of service including conducting the bulk of it online and over the telephone. While this created new opportunities for service delivery, there was much that remained unknown regarding family work using online technologies. Fams partnered with Southern Cross University to launch the study ‘Telepractice in family work’ to address new requirements for service delivery.
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Communication with our Sector
Fams engages with the sector weekly through our Wrap EDM. We share stories of our work and keep the sector updated on contract and reporting requirements. The Wrap has become a regular way that Fams can connect with the sector to bring the news that matters.
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