Supporting children’s families (referral pathways)
|Who||What||Age focus||Contact details and further information|
Child FIRST ensures that vulnerable children, young people and their families are linked effectively into relevant services and may be the best way of connecting children, young people and their families to the services they need.
Factors which affect a child's safety, stability or development are:
Wyndham 1300 775 160
A step by step guide to making a report to Child Protection or Child FIRSThttp://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/582591/flowchart-mandatory-reporting-27-5-10.pdf
Meeting the needs of children and making sure they are safe in the family is a shared responsibility between individuals, the family, the community and the government. When adults caring for children do not follow through with their responsibilities, are abusive or exploit their positions of power, then it is the child protection system that becomes responsible for taking action.
The Victorian Child Protection Service is specifically targeted to those children and young people at risk of harm or where families are unable or unwilling to protect them.
The main functions of child protection are to:
Mandatory reporting of child abuseSome professionals such as doctors, nurses, police and school teachers are legally obliged to report suspected child abuse. In addition, any person who believes on reasonable grounds that a child needs protection can make a report to the Victorian Child Protection Service. It is the Child Protection worker’s job to assess and, where necessary, further investigate if a child or young person is at risk of harm.
Child Protection (Business Hours)
Child Protection After Hours Service
Victorian Police – 000
A step by step guide to making a report to Child Protection or Child FIRSThttp://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/582591/flowchart-mandatory-reporting-27-5-10.pdf Child Protection After Hours Service
Tel: 13 12 78 Child Protection After Hours Service
Tel: 13 12 78
|Early childhood intervention services (ECIS)||
|Allied Health Services||An allied health practitioner is a tertiary trained professional who
works with others in the health-care team to support a person's medical care.
Examples include physiotherapists, speech pathologists, podiatrists,
dietitians, and social workers.
Western Health – Children’s Allied Health Services (CAHS)
The Children's Allied Health Service (CAHS) can be found in the private consulting suites across the road from Sunshine Hospital at 147 Furlong Road, St Albans.
Children can be referred to Outpatient Allied Health Clinics for specific single discipline services including:
A Multidisciplinary Screening Assessment where there are developmental concerns, or
An Autism Assessment if Autism Spectrum Disorder is a concern.
Please note: where there are concerns about an Autism Spectrum Disorder, these MUST be discussed with the family prior to making a referral.
A multidisciplinary assessment is an assessment that is completed by one person in the team meeting with you, as the child's parent and asking questions about all of the different areas of your child's development.
There is no cost for our services.
Central Intake Coordinator, Children's Allied Health Services,
|Preschool Field Officer Service||
|3-4 Years Old||
FMC Mediation and Counselling support services:
Free Financial Counselling
Free Financial Capability
Partially-funded Family Dispute Resolution
Partially-funded Child Counselling