Last month Kids West sponsored and presented 2 awards at the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Child Protection and Wellbeing Awards. The 2 awards presented at the ceremony were the “Outstanding Initiative Award” and “Special Mention Award”. These awards recognise outstanding initiatives, projects or programs, developed or facilitated by Local Health District staff, that have contributed to the safety or wellbeing of children or young people.
The Outstanding Initiative Award was presented to Community Health for their new service called Budjery Manya (this means “good start” in Darug.)
The program aims to provide support to Aboriginal mums and their babies and their families within Blacktown LGA, where there is a child under the age of five. The aim of the program is to reduce long term health consequences for these children and provide support to their families. Many of the families involved with the service have often had little or no contact with health services or have declined health services in the past. The program provides culturally sensitive early childhood support to mums and their babies, including universal health home visits, developmental checks for children and infants and appropriate referrals where needed. The program also runs a ‘yarning with bub’ group facilitated by the team as a soft entry point with health services.
The Special Mention Award was presented to the Vulnerable Families Project
Vulnerable Families Project:
Developed in partnership with FaCS. The project aims to facilitate the provision of timely and comprehensive health related services to vulnerable families who are known to FaCS. Many of these children are in the care of their biological parents or in kinship care. They have often been disconnected from health services with unmet health needs exacerbated by the impact of abuse or neglect. The project reviews referrals and coordinates local health care providers in the provision of timely and appropriate health services. The project has seen an increase in access to services by at risk children and their families; more timely access to services for children and their families; and improved relationships between health services and FaCS.
Congratulations to all recipients and nominees for their tremendous work they do in our community.