A program that helps people increase their parenting skills and improves communication with young people has won the Outstanding Initiative Award at the WSLHD Child Protection and Wellbeing Awards.
Youth Health’s Engaging Adolescent’s Parenting Program was recognised at a ceremony during Child Protection Week in September.
Paediatrics at Mount Druitt Hospital was recognised for outstanding service at the awards after developing monthly child protection and well being education sessions. The sessions built the capacity of staff to recognise child protection issues and respond appropriately to families they come into contact with.
Play Your Part was the theme of Child Protection Week this year.
Western Sydney integrated violence prevention and and response services co-oordinator Lyn Johnson said the winners of the awards had embraced them wholeheartedly.
“They clearly demonstrated they were playing their part by supporting vulnerable families and contributing to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people,” she said.
Each of the winning services received a trophy and a $500 gift voucher, courtesy of Kids West and StatePlus.
The awards embrace services with a broader notion of child well-being, including family support, child abuse and neglect prevention and early intervention programs.
Family and Community Services’ Michael Woodhouse was guest speaker at the awards, and discussed the philosophy behind the Their Futures Matter report, which was developed after a review recommended a vision for systemic reform to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families.
The NSW Government is introducing tailored support packages that access and build upon the universal service system, ensuring a child or family-centred focus for the most vulnerable children and families in NSW.