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Australia : Creating Generational Change and Safer Communities: $2.77 Million to Support Frontline Workers.

The Territory Labor Government is investing $2.77million to support frontline workers in child protection, youth justice and domestic violence services, Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield announced.

The new funding will see the establishment of a Clinical and Professional Practice Directorate - a team of experts that will work with frontline staff to improve their clinical practice. The team will be guided by a committee made up of local and interstate professionals in the field of social services.

Ms Wakefield said the establishment of the Directorate was fundamental to supporting key recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT, and would ensure that frontline staff have ongoing training, professional support, mentoring and coaching to assist them with casework.

The Territory Labor Government is overhauling the Child Protection and Youth Justice systems, putting the safety and wellbeing of children at the centre our decision-making and making our communities safer, she said.

Fundamental to our reform is that we have trained, experienced and supported staff on our frontline.

The new Clinical and Professional Practice Directorate will coach and mentor staff, monitor and identify professional development, and become a central point for research and advice on improving service delivery.

The Director of Clinical Practice will be appointed in the coming month. This position will be based in Darwin along with two other positions, to provide a central point for other coordination. Expert practitioners in the Directorate will be located in offices in all regional centres in the Territory.

Ms Wakefield said that the Directorate will be guided by a new Clinical Governance and Professional Practice Committee. This Committee is made up of local and interstate professionals, who are renowned nationally for their work with children and families.

This new expert Committee is made up of renowned professionals in the field of social services. Members of the Committee include Dr Howard Bath, Dr Christine Fejo-King, Her Honour Judge Sue Oliver and Dr Denise Riordan, she said.

Expert Committee member and Clinical Psychologist Dr Howard Bath said that establishing a new professional practice directorate was essential for child protection and youth justice best practice.

Im delighted that the Northern Territory Government is committed to best practice clinical and professional services. I look forward to playing a role as a Committee member to ensure that we have a frontline workforce that has the best support and training possible to help them in their job, Dr Bath said.

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Date:Jun 29, 2018
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