Ngartuitya Family Group Conference Service enables families to make their own decisions about how they will all work together to ensure their child’s safety and promote wellbeing.
Ngartuitya is from the Kaurna language and means ‘for the Children’. Kaurna people are the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains region. Relationships Australia South Australia have been using Ngartuitya for some time for children’s services with a strong focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Since January 2020, Relationships Australia SA (RASA) has provided Family Group Conferencing as a service for families where concerns for the wellbeing and safety of a child or young person have been raised.
Participating in a Family Group Conference is voluntary. All referrals to Ngartuitya Family Group Conference service will come from the Department of Child Protection.
Ngartuitya Family Group Conference Service allocates a Coordinator to each referred family who has a focus on empowering families and community members to identify strategies to keep their own children and young people safe within family and kin. The Coordinator does this using strengths-based and inclusive approach, assisting families to work together to develop an agreement between all participating family members that describes how they can provide safe, permanent and stable care arrangements for their child or young person.
If you find it difficult to hear or speak, you can contact us through the National Relay Service (NRS). Please phone 133 677.
If you require support in another language, you can use the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) free of charge by:
- Calling us and asking for an interpreter, or
- Calling TIS on 131 450 and asking to be connected to us on 1800 577 571
Lakshmi Sri – Manager Child and Family Early Intervention Services
Sarah Decrea – Manager Family Led Decision Making
They are available to answer any questions you have about Family Group Conferencing.
Location: Ngartuitya Family Group Conference Service is located at Relationships Australia SA, 49a Orsmond Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007.
Hours: Open 9 am to 5 pm weekdays
Call: 08 8245 8100
This is a state-wide service. Ngartuitya Coordinators are able to meet families in their own homes and Ngartuitya Family Group Conferences are held in any suitable location at venues within the community, across South Australia.
Free – there is not cost for this service.
Ngartuitya Family Group Conferencing Service is funded by the Department for Child Protection.
All referrals to Ngartuitya Family Group Conferencing Service are made through Department for Child Protection.
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