New Funding to Boost Support for Parents

Parents are set to receive increased funding support to help care for their children up to age of six.

The Western Australian government has awarded more than $1.8 million to Ngala Family Services for its Residential Parenting Service in Kensington, raising current funding by more than $400.

“Raising young children is a tough job, so it is vital that parents are provided with the tools necessary to do the best they can,” community services minister Simone McGurk said.

Services will be available on a universal basis, providing specialised support for parents who are having difficulties caring for their children.

It will assist parents to address issues with sleep, feeding and nutrition, child development and behaviour. It will also provide early intervention if a family is at risk of entering the child protection system.

Funding is for the first year of the service agreement, which is expected to run until June 2022.

Ms McGurk said the funding will help provide parents with much needed help, particularly with Ngala’s “track record of providing excellent services to families in Western Australia”.

“The McGowan Government is proud to work with the community services sector to provide the support parents need, when they need it,” she said.

“Early intervention programs such as this reduce the number of children in the child protection system.”

“I am extremely pleased it has agreed to a long-term agreement which will provide families in WA with the continuity of service they deserve.”

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