$1.9m for family support services

FAMILIES in the Wide Bay Burnett region will benefit from $1.9 million of Queensland Government funding to provide family intervention support services and specialist sexual abuse counselling to children and young people.

Child Safety Minister Phil Reeves yesterday announced funding over the next three years of $1.14 million for Phoenix House Association and $754,400 for Graham House Community Centre Family Intervention Service.

“Based in Bundaberg, Phoenix House provides services throughout Wide Bay and Central Queensland and will now be able to provide children, who are being harmed or are at risk of being harmed, with greater access to safe, supportive services,” he said.

“Family intervention services by Graham House Community Centre provides practical, intensive family support to families involved in the child protection system.

“They will teach parents skills that relieve stress, family conflict and anxiety – how to manage anger, budget, prepare healthy meals, establish routines and set guidelines in the home.

“The ideal place for children to be is with their families. It’s better for everyone if we as a government can do more to work with families so that their children can return and live safely with them, or stay at home safely in the first place.”

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