In the needs assessments conducted by Emerging Minds, many practitioners have told us that referral options are often limited because of the realities of busy services. This has meant that some service providers now work with cases involving issues that do not fit within their specific specialisation. We believe that this is a state and national issue. Emerging Minds works in two specific ways to assist in the alleviation of these issues. Firstly, we work with professionals who report to increased complexity of presenting issues in children and families, to help improve their confidence, skill and knowledge in providing preventative and early intervention practices for children and parents. Secondly, we work across all service sectors to support practice which identifies risk factors for children earlier, and we are hopeful that this will lead to less acute issues for children and adolescents in the long-term.
22 October 2018