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Care Pathways Reform Update

It’s been a while since we’ve provided you all with an update on the Care Pathways Reform. As you will remember, Child Protection services in South Australia are going through a significant reform, impacting numerous programs across our Care Pathways services.


Short Term Care (STC) ceased to exist on 9 October 9 2020, with all children and young people moving out of this program under new models of support. Staff who were working in STC are now working in a variety of different Care Pathways programs, including Temporary Agency Services, Residential Services and Placement and Support Package Services.


Placement and Support Packages (PaSP) provide children entering care with immediate, individualised short-term residential care (90-day contracts) based on their unique needs. So far, Baptist Care SA has been successful in gaining five PaSP placements, allowing us to support 12 – 14 young people. Out of these five young people, one has moved on to a long term placement, 3 have had their placement extended for an additional 90 days and one is still in their initial 90-day contract.


Disability Individual Residential Support Packages (DIRSP) will commence on 1 April 2021, allowing Baptist Care SA to support high and complex individuals in an intensive, long term support model, tailored to their unique needs. Baptist Care SA is delighted to have gained 4 DIRSP placements to date. The DIRSP program is still looking for specialised staff, with Certificate IV in Disability Support, so if you are looking for a change, please get in touch with Lulu Cushway to discuss this further.


Supported Independent Living Services (SILS)
The current contract is due to expire on 30 June 2021. Baptist Care SA has re-tendered for the new SILS contract, however, the Department of Child Protection is yet to announce the successful panel members. As soon as we hear more, we will update you.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated and committed SILS team, who have worked alongside many young South Australians to prepare them to live independently.


Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHM)

Baptist Care SA was successful in gaining a new 5-year UHM contract, which commenced in October 2020, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, no new young people have entered the program. We have recruited a new UHM Manager, Melanie Hall who commenced in January 2021. Melanie comes to the role with many years of experience and Social Work, Project management and Business qualifications. Melanie has worked for Anglicare, Salvation Army and Families SA before operating her own business. Melanie has hit the ground running, working hard to plan and implement the new UHM model, ready for when young people start to enter the program later this year.


Agency Child and Youth Worker Temporary Staff Workers
These staff are Support Workers assigned to the care of children in-housed governed by the Department of Child Protection (DCP).  Baptist Care SA supports, trains and supervises these staff even though they are rostered to a DCP House.  We currently have over 200 skilled casual Agency staff who provide a stable and consistent environment for children in 20 different placements.


Residential Care
We continue to provide our Residential Care program. Residential Care is the provision of long term care in a home-like environment. Baptist Care SA govern, staff and fully support all aspects of eight houses, seven in Adelaide and one in Mt Gambier.  These houses become home for young people living in groups of 3 – 4, supported by dedicated and skilled staff.

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