Technology for children, young people and families in need during COVID-19
The NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) recognises some children, young people and their families need support to access technology during COVID-19. This will help them stay connected to loved ones, engaged with services and give them access to online education.
About the project
DCJ is giving a limited number of repurposed laptops/tablets with Microsoft Office applications to vulnerable children, young people and families. We are also providing internet dongles for the duration of COVID-19 restrictions and providing technical support for these items.
For Stage 1 of the project, we have sought applications from organisations who work with children and families, specifically where there are:
- children aged 0-5 years
- young people (16 – 18 years) who are disengaged from school
Processing of applications
There is a limited number of technology assets available. Assessment of over 6,000 applications for Stage 1 is currently underway. We have convened a panel that comprises of representatives from the Advocate for Children and Young People, Aboriginal Outcomes, Partnerships and Stronger Communities Investment and Inclusion Unit to assess and prioritise applications for vulnerable children, young people, families and carers who:
- were engaged with child and family services before COVID-19 but services ended due to limited access to technology,
- are isolated and need support to virtually communicate face-to-face with their loved ones,
- need technology support to virtually access local child and family or youth services,
- need telehealth, virtual home visits and interventions to ensure their wellbeing,
- need support with accessing education online and have not been provided with technology assets through their school.
It is expected that successful applicants will be notified by Friday 29 May 2020. Due to the significant number of applications the delivery of assets will occur in June 2020. We apologise for this delay.
Stage 2 applications, for those unsuccessful in Stage 1, will be reviewed and assessed upon the availability of more devices.