Submission to the Chair of the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues

This submission aims to respond to the Inquiry into service coordination in communities with high needs through a solutions based framework by demonstrating best practice examples in areas of high social needs in Greater Western Sydney and capturing key insights from local organisations. Key themes from these consultations are explored along with several recommendations for both micro and macro level solutions.

For the purposes of this submission, two sample areas with high social needs in Greater Western Sydney were selected through the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas 2011 (SEIFA), being Blacktown and Campbelltown. A range of services from these areas were interviewed to ensure that local agencies were consulted and their views represented. These services include but are not limited to Blacktown Area Community Centres, Community Resource Network, Marist Youth Care, Sector Connect, Women’s Activities and Self Help House and Youth Solutions. WSCF acknowledges and thanks these agencies for their valuable contribution.

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