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Empowered Parents Families Carers


Empowered Parents Families Carers is a new paradigm in family and children’s services based on person, relationship and family-centred supports.

It is an opt-in scheme whereby parents, families and carers form their own local Hubs to develop mutual assistance and a Circle of Support for every parent/family, and design
person, relationship and family-centred supports on a regional basis.   

Many of us have wrestled with the question of integrating service delivery for families for years. Despite the development of “family-centred approaches” and “relationship-centred approaches”, the service system tends to just absorb new ideas into business-as-usual. As a result, supports for parents, families and carers remain highly fragmented, rarely personalized, usually remote from daily life, and still wrapped up in unnecessary formalities and bureaucratic protocols. Many of us have watched the service system muddle along in this way, with inadequate and piecemeal reform, for decades.

With advances in technology and the insights gained from various trials, we can now construct an integrated alternative
. Parents, families and carers cannot wait for governments and services to reform themselves. We must lead the innovation process ourselves by creating our own instruments through which we can introduce better ways of doing things. We invite your participation.

Here's how it works

1. An opt-in pool of parents, families and carers is established in selected regions (coinciding with established government service-delivery regions or smaller areas within them as preferred). 

2. The pool in each region is open to any parent, family or carer who uses funded services in the following categories: 

Parenting programs
Young family supports
Lone parent supports
Carer support services
Family violence
Early intervention and early years development
Child care
Lack of appropriate school options
Social skills programs
Learning difficulties
Behavioural issues
Youth support

Suicide prevention

Emergency accommodation
Ageing at home
Information about services and service navigation

(The pool excludes disability and mental health services covered by NDIS; and mental health, chronic illness and aged care funded by government health budgets; since initiatives in these areas require features best developed independently of this initiative.)

3. The pool of participants, the Parents Families Carers Hub, is led by a
Hub Convenor and Team Leaders, being parents, families and carers who exercise a leadership and facilitation role in their Hubs (separate from management). Each Hub has four functions:

a. assist participants to develop mutual peer-based assistance and a Circle of Support around each parent/family.*
b. contribute to design and development of person, relationship and family-centred services on a regional basis;
c. broker and/or purchase services from providers and practitioners, and assemble these in personalised, participant-directed formats; and
d conduct parent/family-led evaluation.

*A Circle of Support will typically comprise 6-8 people comprising immediate and extended family, friends, neighbours, shopkeepers, volunteer drivers, and members of local sport and recreation, faith and community groups. The Circle undertakes to meet monthly as a base commitment in supporting the person at the centre of their Circle. The Circle will usually act as the primary unit of support for the participant in pursuing personal, family and social goals.

4. The management of each Hub is undertaken by a licensed Hub Operator, which may be a community organisation, a services organisation or network, or a management company. The Hub Operator holds and manages finances on behalf of its Hub.

5.
A tech platform enables participant-controlled information and financial systems, consolidating data from every meeting, decision and transaction between participants and service providers, and functioning as a participant-controlled budgeting, transaction management and reporting tool.

6. Each Hub comprises people who join directly, or participating groups of parents, families and carers who join through the affiliation of their group or organisation. Affiliated groups retain their identity and ethos within the regional Hub.

7. An independent body will monitor expenditure and efficiency growth from this integrated and family-directed way of doing things. (The aim is a better ‘bang’ for the buck for governments, which is constantly their goal but which they can never do themselves).

Register your interest in participating by using the form below.

Stakeholder Consultations

Stakeholder consultations for services, practitioners and organisations who wish to partner directly with parents families and carers who have chosen to opt-in to these working arrangements will be held in Sydney on 21 February 2018 and in Melbourne on 26 February 2018.

Click here for information on these stakeholder consultations.

Further information:
Vern Hughes
0425 722 890

Click here for information on Parents Families Carers.
 

Empowered Parents Families Carers - Participation Form
 

Name  

Email  

Phone  (bh)     Phone (ah) 

Organisation  

Address  


  I would like to participate in Empowered Parents Families Carers.

I am a:


Tell us about yourself and your interests


Tell us your preferred region or locality in which to set up a Parents Families Carers Hub


   I would like to act as a Convenor in my region 

    I would like to act as a Team Leader  for one of the areas listed below: 

    My organisation would like to express an interest in acting as a Hub Operator     

  I/We would like to invite a speaker to address our group or organisation


Please tick the area(s) relevant to you:

Parenting programs                                       
           Young family supports                                              
                Lone parent supports                                                     
  Carer supports                                               
Family violence                                             
Early intervention and early years development
  Child care                                                      
 
Lack of appropriate school options                   
 
Social skills programs                                      
Learning difficulties                                        
Behavioural issues                                         
Youth support                                                
Suicide prevention                                          
Emergency accommodation                            
          
Ageing at home                                                       
      Information about services and service navigation    
                                              

  Our group organisation of parents, families or carers would like to affiliate directly


Tell us about your group or organisation


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Note: The Council and its officers reserve
the right to accept or refuse a prospective member as they see fit.

 

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