Authors: Barwon Health Mental Health Services and Glastonbury Child & Family Services
Event: 2006 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Finalist
Award category: Infant, Child and Adolescent
Abstract: Strengthening Child and Adolescent Relationships in Families (SCARF) is an integrated approach to dealing with mental health issues in families, focusing on children and adolescents. SCARF has been operational since 2003 with numerous funding models. It is a collaborative partnership between Barwon Health, Mental Health Services and Glastonbury Child & Family Services. SCARF offers a multi faceted approach to the support and prevention of mental illness and the promotion of child health and safety, and interacts with a number of components of Victoria’s service systems. Scarf is a preventative program with aspirations attuned to Victorian and Australian policy in the area of prevention and health promotion. SCARF identifies and assists children and young people more at risk of developing a mental illness than the general population. SCARF supports young people to understand and accept the journey of their parent’s mental illness. Description of Facility/Organisation: Glastonbury Child and Family Services is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which is governed by a Board of Directors. Glastonbury provides a range of services to children, young people and families, including community strengthening programs, prevention programs for 330 children and their families, early intervention and intensive family support for 1000 children and their families and community foster care and residential services for 60 children within the local area. Glastonbury has a strong commitment to community capacity building within the Geelong and surrounding area. Barwon Health is Victoria’s largest regional health care network, employing 3500 staff. The Mental health service provides a comprehensive package of specialist services to the Barwon region. This includes assessment, treatment and ongoing care to people who have a mental health and/or drug and alcohol problem. The service spans child, adolescent, early intervention, adult and aged treatment and care. It also includes acute inpatient, and community care services.