Feedback and Complaints
Your right to complain
Family Spirit believes in continuous quality improvement. If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received or think that you have been treated unfairly you have the right to make a complaint.
You will not be discriminated against or treated any differently for making a complaint. Family Spirit aims to ensure you are always treated respectfully, courteously and sensitively.
OR if you’d like to give us a compliment or provide other feedback we are happy to receive this information as well.
Providing feedback or making a complaint
If you have feedback or a complaint you should explain as clearly as possible:
- What the concern is, including enough information to provide a clear picture
- What your desired outcome is as a result
This will allow us to assess the information and determine the appropriate response.
You can provide feedback or make a complaint in the following ways:
What is a complaint?
A complaint is usually an expression of dissatisfaction or concern.
Every child and young person has a right to feel safe and secure. If you are not happy or feel upset or frightened about something that has happened, or is happening, you have a right to talk to someone about it.
There may be times where you want to give feedback about your experience. Feedback can be positive and talk to a good experience, or they can be improvement ideas that help us work with child and young people in the future.
What will we do on receipt of your complaint?
- We will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your complaint, to discuss your desired outcome and how your complaint will be processed.
- If you wish, we will schedule a time to meet with you, and a support person, carer, advocate and/or interpreter.
- We will keep you informed as to the progress of your complaint.
Tips for lodging a complaint
- Sometimes making a complaint can seen scary. You might be worried that you are doing the wrong thing, or that someone might get in trouble. What you should remember is that you have a right to complaint, and you have a right to feel safe, secure and happy. If something is making you unhappy, it is important to talk about it.
Here are some tips that can help you when making a complaint:
Plan what you are wanting to say.
- It can help to write down what you are unhappy with, when it happened, who was involved, and why it made you unhappy.
What would you like to see happen?
- When you lodge a complaint you will be asked what would make you happy. This is your change to talk to changes you would like to see.
- How would you like to be contacted in the future.
- If your complaint requires further investigation, who would you prefer investigates the complaint.
- What you are saying is important. If you need to take time to share your concerns make sure you share that.
- You can always have a support person with you.
- If you can, make time to speak to a trusted person about your concerns.
Always ask questions
- Once you have shared your story, ask what happens next.
Making your complaint to external regulatory or advocacy agencies directly
You may also make your complaint to an independent agency directly.
Ombudsman’s Office (NSW)
People with Disability Australia
Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW
Address: Level 7, 10 Valentine Avenue Parramatta NSW 2150
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