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5124 0000


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6201 6111

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Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

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5124 9977

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For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

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1800 022 222

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Emergency help
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132 500

Indicator 43 Families accessing services through the child development service


Families Accessing Services through the Child Development Service


Indicator  description

The number of ACT families with concerns regarding their child's development who received support from the Child Development Service (CDS) in a 12-month period.

What do we  measure?

The number of individual children and their families who were provided with information, assessment and/or referral and linkages by the CDS.

Why is this important?

All families, during the early years of their child’s development, require access to a range of services to meet their child's health, wellbeing, learning and development needs. Early intervention and prevention services are important to ensure that all families are supported to assist their child reach their full potential.

Policy Context

The ACT Government CDS commenced in January 2016 to support families who have concerns about their child's development. It provides assessment, referral and linkages for children 0-6 years. The service also provides autism assessment for children aged up to 12 years.

Since its establishment, there has been continued strong demand for the services provided by the CDS, with the number of families accessing information and assessment services increasing each year.

The CDS provides initial information and programs for children who may not be eligible for the supports through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) partner, NDIS EACH.

In May 2017, a new service NDIS EACH was established by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to deliver the ECEI approach in the ACT. The ECEI approach supports families with children aged 0–6 years that have a developmental delay or disability to develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.

The CDS has worked with NDIS EACH to support families whose children have been assessed as having developmental delays or disability to access these ECEI supports.

How is the ACT Progressing?

Table 60: Number of ACT children and families accessing CDS, 2016-18

 

2016

2016-17

2017-18

Total number of children and families

1,256

2,056

2,864

Source: Client registration on Client Management database, (CHYPS), 4 January 2016 to 30 June 2018.

Note Data for 2016 covers the period January to June 2016 only as the CDS commenced in January 2016.

The number of ACT children and families accessing the CDS increased by 808 people from 2016-17 to 2017-18. This increase may be attributed to the increase in population residing in the ACT as well as an increase in community awareness of the newly established service.

Table 61: Number of ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families accessing the CDS, 2016-18

 

2016

2016-17

2017-18

Total number of children and families

68

133

166

Source: Client registration on Client Management database, (CHYPS), 4 January 2016 to 30 June 2018.

Note Data for 2016 covers the period January to June 2016 only as the CDS commenced in January 2016.

The number of ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families accessing the CDS increased by 33 people from 2016-17 to 2017-18. This can be attributed to the increased collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-operated organisations and with specific targeted ACT Government playgroups.

A breakdown of data by disability status was provided by Therapy ACT in the 2016 edition of A Picture. The CDS is an assessment service supporting families who have concerns about their child's development. Most children with a diagnosed disability do not require further developmental assessment by the CDS but rather engage directly with NDIS EACH to access early intervention supports. For this reason, the CDS does not routinely collect data on disability status of clients.