The Safe families program aims to provide Indigenous families in Alice Springs with family support and outreach services, a safe environment for children, and a safe environment for families who are exiting a family violence situation. This program employs Indigenous staff members who reflect the diversity of Indigenous residents in the wider Alice Springs community. This program was developed following consultations and workshops with local Indigenous leaders, community groups, and service providers, and is run by the Tangentyere Council.
The three components of service provision are:
- family support and outreach: provide culturally informed interventions for children and families identified as being at risk of family breakdown due to violence. The aim is to enhance skills of families to succeed in staying together as a family.
- Children's safe house: provides a safe environment for young people escaping family violence. The safe house provides short-term accommodation and care for six young people aged 7-14 years. It is run in collaboration with other agencies (where necessary) to identify appropriate carers from the child's family and community through culturally informed case management.
- Families safe houses: provides a safe environment in Alice Springs for families escaping family violence. It caters for a minimum of six families per year who have been made homeless through family violence. The aim is to work with the families to assist them in staying together in safe, stable and independent accommodation.
Abstract adapted from the Tangentyere Council