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Care Pathways Reform Update

Our Care Pathways team continues to adjust to the changing Child Protection space.

Disability Individual Residential Support Packages (DIRSP) have commenced, with 3 out of our 4 placements now up and running. DIRSP supports high and complex individuals in an intensive, long term support model, tailored to the needs of the individual. Our fourth placement is in the final stages of transition into the program. If you hold Certificate IV in Disability Services and would like to discuss working in this program, please contact Lulu Cushway E: [email protected].

Our existing Supported Independent Living Services (SILS) contract ceases on 30 June 2021. Baptist Care SA has been appointed as a provider for the new SILS model, which is very exciting! Despite the same name, however, this model operates very differently, providing outreach casework to individuals living in independent houses, rather than providing 24/7 support workers as we have done in the past. Although this model of support has its advantages to the young people it supports to prepare them for living independently as an adult, it does, unfortunately, mean that staff working in the existing SILS program will cease their employment in this program when the contract ends. We acknowledge that these kinds of changes are difficult for those involved and Baptist Care SA is working hard with those impacted to ensure we support them with redeployment opportunities where suitable.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated and committed SILS team, who have worked alongside many young people to help prepare then to live independently and hope that you can continue to work within alternate Baptist Care SA teams

Placement and Support Packages (PaSP) continue to be delivered at five placements across Metro Adelaide, providing individualised residential care to 12-14 young people, while they are looking for longer-term placements. The team are working closely with DCP to ensure these young people’s needs are met and they feel safe and secure in their placements.

Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHM) continues to be planned for, after we were successful in gaining a new five-year UHM contract (effective October 2020); however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we do not expect any new young people into the program this year. Despite this delay, we continue to work with the current team in upskilling to meet the new contract requirements and are working hard behind the scenes to implement the new contract.

Care Pathways also continue to deliver Agency Child and Youth Worker Temporary Staff Workers to DCP Placements and our Residential Care program.

If you’d like to discuss any of these changes or would like more information on specific programs, please contact your line manager.

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