Community Safety and Wellbeing
The Community Safety and Wellbeing program (CSW) is committed to community safety and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in South Australia. The program focuses on early intervention and prevention, with the goal of ensuring that families have increased capacity, are kept safe from violence and harm, that parents make sure their children go to school and that families are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to grow happy in a safe and healthy environment.
Community Safety and Wellbeing provides a highly structured approach to working with Aboriginal individuals, families, groups and communities across South Australia.
Central to the program is the emphasis of the Australian Government’s and AFSS’ focus on schooling, education, employment and community safety outcomes for Aboriginal communities.
Our CSW Facilitators work as a part of a professional Statewide team to deliver established education, awareness and training programs, to Aboriginal individuals, groups, families and organisations.
Community Safety and Wellbeing services are offered in Adelaide, Ceduna, Coober Pedy, the Murray Mallee, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln and the Riverland, and also in outlying communities in all regions.
The program responds to a number of identified needs:
Improving the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and families
Parenting skills development - for parents, carers, parenting adolescents, parenting fathers, men leaving the prison system and returning back to family and community
Bonding issues for parents and children who have experienced domestic violence or intervention from child protection agencies
Addressing attitudes to women and violence against women (especially for men and adolescent males)
Addressing sexual, drug and alcohol abuse
Equipping parents with the skills and knowledge to address budgeting, nutrition and hygiene
Assisting families to deal with daily routines including the requirement for children to go to school appropriately prepared
Developing home, cooking, budget management skills, particularly for families on limited incomes
Working with individuals to help them to better manage grief and loss and the healing process
Building capacity for families to manage problems
Helping families to be more resilient, confident and motivated.
Healthy Homes and Resilient Families - Growing Up Healthy - learn about budgeting, nutrition and cooking! This program aims to give you and your family practical ways to manage money and to make sure you are making healthy food choices.
Healthy Homes and Resilient Families - Routines and Rules - will help you learn why routines need to be part of your everyday life. Creating the right routine to suit your family is the trick! The program will provide you with useful tips on how you can have a great start to the day without all the fuss.
Seasons for Healing is an awareness and education program that can help you to manage grief and loss. The program has been specially adapted for AFSS, in consultation with Good Grief Ltd and the Healing Foundation.
Respect Sista Girls 2
Respect Sista Girls 2 contains nine modules and is offered to Aboriginal girls and women aged 12 and over. Participants use their cultural strengths to make positive changes in their lives, empowering them to make better choices and to reconnect with their cultural identity, family, land, language, values and spiritual beliefs.
Circle of Security-Parenting is designed to help parents and carers become more aware of their children’s needs and work out if their responses are meeting those needs.
AFSS New Dreams provides Aboriginal women and their children who have already escaped from family violence an opportunity for a fresh start and support as they move towards stable housing, education, training and employment, whilst supporting their efforts to ensure their children are fully participating in school. Service provided in Adelaide.
The Staying Safe program is a Commonwealth funded program that aims to inhibit the intergenerational cycle of family violence within the community. Staying Safe works alongside individuals and families to reduce family violence and improve the safety of women and children.
In addition, where required, our CSW team will provide one-on-one case work and advocacy for clients with requests for minor assistance; eg many ‘off the street walk in’ clients may seek some simple guidance and help, such as accessing services, assistance with Centrelink or Housing SA paperwork and other matters.
Individuals or families who present with complex needs will be referred to a more appropriate service, as the program is not established to provide ongoing case management with individuals or families who present with high and complex needs.