Local Level Alliance | Statement of Purpose

Purpose:

The purpose of the Local Level Alliance is to establish or strengthen connections between local services that are involved with working with vulnerable families to ensure families receive the right service at the right time. 

It is acknowledged that every service system has a number of networks. The Local Level Alliance (LLA) is not intended to duplicate or replace these forums, though in some locations the existing family support network or Supporting Families Alliance is transitioning to the new LLA framework once the Family and Child Connect are operational. The specific focus of the LLA is vulnerable families with children.

Local Level Alliances will cover every Family and Child Connect catchment area.

Outcomes:

Once established it is expected that the Local Level Alliance will work towards achieving the following outcomes:

  • Improved and more direct referral pathways for families to access appropriate services,
  • Embedding the Family and Child Connect as an alternate pathway for families to be connected to the right support at the right time. 
  • Improved information sharing between providers to enable more coordinated and effective responses to families.    
  • Aligned responses that better support vulnerable families and strengthen service integration, such as a shared practice framework and resources.
  • Identification of available services and gaps, improvement in the alignment between the configuration of the service system and the needs of local families, and development of an integrated suite of local services that provide families with responsive, accessible and effective support. 

Benefits:

Through strengthening the service system Local Level Alliance will contribute to achieving the following benefits:

1.Improved outcomes for at-risk families and children through increased referrals to family support services.

2.A reduction in unnecessary reports to Child Safety as a result of more efficient and effective pathways for children and families to access child and family support services.

3.A reduction of in the number of children at risk and in out-of-home care through the increased use of family support services and improved matching of services to high-risk families.

Membership:

The Local Level Alliance will include government and non-government agencies, including Local Councils and Australian Government service providers.

Members will be drawn from agencies providing services in the local area who work with vulnerable families or family members, including parents.

The underlying principle is for the Local Level Alliance to include those members who are best placed to meet the goal of strengthening the local service system to effectively respond to vulnerable families. It is important that decision-making representatives from agencies attend the Local Level Alliance meetings. 

While leadership arrangements will vary across Local Level Alliances, it is intended that these arrangements will reflect a sharing of leadership responsibilities between the non-government sector and the department.  For example, a representative of the FaCC service and a senior departmental officer may co-chair the Alliance.

Coordination:

The Family and Child Connect service will resource and support the Alliance and report quarterly to the department in keeping with their funding and service contract.

The Local Level Alliance Coordinator (or Alliance worker) will play an important role in identifying key agencies and services that contribute to the service system for vulnerable families and inviting them to participate.

Reporting:

The Local Level Alliance, through the Family and Child Connect service, will be required to report quarterly on the activities undertaken, effectiveness and/or issues relating to local agreements and protocols, and gaps in referral options.    

Governance:

The Local Level Alliance works in partnership with the Regional Child and Family Committee and in doing so forms part of a three-tiered governance system, established to plan further service delivery and investment. The Local Level Alliances are key elements of collaborative place-based planning and integrated service delivery in local catchments.    

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