FAMILY SUPPORT
Refugee families face a unique range of challenges both before and after arriving in Australia. For example, some families have spent a lot of time apart or individuals might find themselves with new roles and responsibilities they have not previously known. ARA's support services for families include group activities such as parenting courses and cultural support groups; as well as services for individual families such as family and relationship counselling, and crisis support.
PARENTING COURSES
Parenting in the New Land is a parenting program supporting parents to establish a health relationship with their child by focussing on early development and attachment. The program also supports them to access community services. Funded by Communities for Children, ARA is contracted by the Salvation Army to deliver the parenting program to CALD communities. This program is delivered once a term for five sessions.
CASEWORK AND COUNSELLING FOR FAMILIES
FAMILY CASEWORK (INCLUDING YOUTH)
Support, referrals, information and linkages to services on a range of issues such as wellbeing, accommodation and financial services. Intensive casework is provided by the Specialised Intensive Services.
FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING
A counselling service to promote and strengthen health family relationships, improve children's wellbeing and strengthen community functioning. Counselling is appropriate for people who are survivors, at risk or who are currently experiencing family or domestic violence, or family breakdown.
CASEWORK FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILDREN AT RISK
ARA provides a specialised case management service for clients who are experiencing domestic and family violence or supporting families in which children are at risk. Case managers focus on the needs of the clients, assisting clients to link to crisis services and work with other organisations to support clients to access supports and services relevant to their needs. Support can be long-term if required.
CRISIS SUPPORT
ARA's Underdale and Salisbury offices offer a drop-in intake service with no appointment needed. For clients requiring crisis support a social worker will support staff to assess and support clients. Clients will be referred and linked to appropriate crisis services (for example, domestic violence, mental health and homelessness), and then follow up with clients to determine whether there is a need for further case management support working in collaboration with relevant services.
BUILDING STRONGER SAFER COMMUNITIES (BSSC)
A primary prevention project aimed at increasing awareness of domestic, sexual and family violence in new and emerging communities. At the core of the Building Stronger, Safer Communities project was a team of community educators who received training then worked with their communities to raise awareness within their communities.

Building Stronger, Safer Communities was funded by the South Australian government through the Department of Premier and Cabinet. While the funding for the project ended in June 2019, there is a strong commitment to maintaining the momentum of the program. As potential funding partnerships are being explored, a working group has been established to ensure that the focus of this important work can be sustained.

Further information about the project is available here.
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