Barnardos launch of e-SCARF


Barnardos Australia together with The School of Social Sciences & International Studies, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences invited Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW to launch the SCARF Case Management System & Online Learning Package on Wednesday 14 May 2008. Amongst the distinguished guests present was the Hon. Kevin Greene, Minister for Community Services NSW & Ms Jennifer Mason, Director-General Department of Community Services.


Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Richard Henry welcomed the gathering. The launch was chaired by the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor James Donald.

Launching the Supporting Children & Responding to Families (SCARF) case management system, Professor Bashir said:

“Though rich & bountiful, Australia still has substantial levels of poverty & disadvantage, international research clearly shows the way ahead in effective interventions for families in need of support must be based on rigorous research and guided practice which ensures comprehensive, sensitive assessment.”

SCARF she noted provides this framework and further enhances usability with the development of its electronic system e-SCARF. This enables caseworkers more speedy access to data and allows workers in rural/remote locations to be trained more easily through electronic based tools. In conclusion, Professor Bashir applauded the far-sighted investment of developing a guided practice tool such as SCARF & its electronic system which will pay “positive dividends” not only at present but continually over time.

The keynote address was delivered by Kerryn Boland, NSW Office for Children, the Children’s Guardian. The focus of Ms Boland’s speech was the significance of assessment and case management in child and family services. In her address Ms Boland pointed out the importance of SCARF as a guided practice tool which provides the framework for “strength based assessment within the family setting.” She went on to say that, built on a strong foundation of research & guided practice, SCARF has helped promote best practice principles within the Child & Family Services sector. Ms Boland stated that “as practitioners we need to be accountable not only to ourselves but also to the kids & families we work with. It’s about “caring carefully”. The SCARF case management system she concluded provides all the necessary ingredients to achieve the level of caring deserved by our vulnerable children, and and most importantly remember the result, the outcome of our guided practice tools, our records & our caring.

Last updated 08 February 2011