Family Support Services
Raising a child is not always easy but there is support available for parents and carers. It is a big job caring for children and young people, keeping them safe and helping them to be the best they can - but parents and carers don’t need to do it on their own.
We know there are many stressors on families in today’s community.
Our early intervention and family support services assist families address their varied needs to help build their capacity to safely care for and protect their children. We work closely with families as early as possible to provide individualised information and practical support that responds to their unique needs before they reach crisis point.
We provide guidance, upskilling and group education, with families able to access resources to create an environment where they can safely care for and protect their children and be confident in their parenting.
Our services include
- Family and Child Connect
Information and advice or assessment and support over 4-6 weeks, with referral if more support needed.
- Families Together
Intensive Family Support Service for approximately nine months. Our team collaborates with families to identify and prioritise what they need and can provide practical parenting support and facilitate engagement with specialist services.
- Child and Family Plus
Over 12 months of support to families aimed at reducing harm or risk of harm to children and young people, prevent crises arising or escalating in families and stabilising family wellbeing.
- Tertiary Family Support Service
Over 12 months, ongoing support and monitoring for those families with higher support needs and where Child safety services are involved.
- Assessment and Service Connect
A brief 4-6 week program to increase safety, belonging and wellbeing through intervention and enable families to be linked with the right support services.
- Pathways to Early Learning and Development (PELD)
Working closely with families this program aims to assess a child’s development and improve school readiness for families with children under five years of age.
- Weeburra Giyu ‘Bringing up great kids’
Specifically designed for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the program applies the ideas of mindfulness and reflection to support parents to review and enhance their patterns of communication with children. Our early intervention and family support services are squarely focused on supporting families to thrive, become stronger and more resilient, enabling children to remain in a family environment that is supportive, nurturing and safe.
Stories of Family Support
Bringing joy this Christmas
Elders acknowledged for connecting children to culture
Intensive Family Support Services ‘School Readiness’
Teaching young people about respectful relationships
We all have a part to play
Stories of Family Support