Article 3 Convention on the Rights of the Child
"In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration."
SUCO RESPECT AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS OF THIS LAND AND OF ITS ELDERS PAST, PRESENT AND EMERGING
Our expanding team of professional, dedicated and qualified staff, come from a variety of backgrounds and hold a diverse range of experience and skills. All SuCo staff are trained to work within a trauma informed framework and to take a child-centred approach in all aspects of their work. Whilst always remaining impartial, our staff are trained when working with families, to provide appropriate guidance and direction when required, whilst maintaining a positive and secure atmosphere and environment. The extensive range of skills, knowledge and experience held across our team, mean we are able to provide individualised services and supports, matching appropriate workers to identified needs. Every member of our team has a NSW Working with Children Check, undergo Criminal History Checks and hold a First Aid Certificate.
SuCo Supervised Contact Services was established in January 2015 by Claire Behi and Paulette Sewell. Already working within child welfare, Paulette & Claire recognised there was a significant gap in services for families going through Family Law proceedings and were faced with lengthy waiting lists for supervised contact services, high costs and providers having restrictive policies and procedures which limited access.
Paulette who at the time was the manager for the supervised contact arm of a large NGO and Claire, a psychologist, who managed an early intervention, child protection program, joined forces to create a new child-focused supervised contact service, that removed many of the barriers impeding families from seeing their children swiftly. Paulette & Claire's guiding principle was to provide a service that could be easily accessible, take a flexible approach and offer the most affordable fees possible.
Since its establishment, SuCo has gone on to expand the services they offer and work closely with The Department of Communities & Justice (formally FaCS), along with other Non Government Organisations across NSW, offering a range of support services, including youth mentoring, transport, carer support and emergency care services, for children and young people in Out of Home Care.