Family and Children’s Services

October 7, 2017 – 09:21 am
Healthy Relationship Worksheet | Worksheet & Workbook Site aim to improve family functioning, and child wellbeing by providing early intervention and prevention services to families to assist with family formation, prevent family breakdown, enhance family functioning and support parents to care for their children. Family and Children’s Services are delivered under the following activity types:
  • Communities for Children Services provide prevention and early intervention services to families with children up to the age of 12.
  • Community Playgroups support parents with children aged zero to five.
  • Family and Relationship Services are primarily ad hoc or whole of family focussed early intervention and prevention services providing assistance with family relationship issues at all stages (including Family Law Counselling), education and broader parenting support, especially at times of transition.
  • Specialist Services provide support to vulnerable families affected by issues such as drugs, violence and trauma. They consist of:
  • Specialised Family Violence Services (SFVS);
  • Kids in Focus – Family Drug Support; and
  • Family Relationship Services for Humanitarian Entrants.
  • Royal Commission Community-based Support Services provide support to people affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Find & Connect support services provide information, support and counselling to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.
  • Intensive Family Support Services is a family support service which provides the most vulnerable families access to evidence-based, intensive parenting support in their homes and communities and assists the development of parenting skills that improve the safety, health, education and wellbeing of their children.
  • What are Communities for Children?

    Communities for Children provide services to ensure children have the best start in life by focussing on prevention and early intervention approaches that bring about positive family functioning, safety and child development outcomes for children and their families in disadvantaged communities throughout Australia.

    The following activities are delivered under Communities for Children:

  • Communities for Children Facilitating Partner Services - develop and facilitate a whole of community approach to support and strengthen local service networks that contribute to child safety.
  • Communities for Children Direct Services - provide activities directly to individual services to deliver early intervention and prevention family support, tailored to the needs of the local community. Services are family focused and child centred, focusing on children 0-12 years and for some services, adolescents up to 18 years of age.
  • Who will benefit from Communities for Children Activities?

    Communities for Children are aimed at increasing child safety and wellbeing, by addressing known risk factors that impact on the parenting capacity of families, parents, grandparent carers and other carers. Services support the well being of children by building strong parenting skills and stronger and more sustainable families and communities.

    How are Communities for Children delivered?

    Communities for Children Facilitating Partners fund other organisations to provide services including parenting support; group peer support for children, families or carers; case management; home visiting services; and other supports to prevent child abuse and neglect.

    Communities for Children Direct Services may include parenting support, family and peer support for children and family members including grandparent carers, facilitated playgroups, case management and home visiting services.

    What are Family and Relationship Services?

    Family and Relationship Services provide services to vulnerable and disadvantaged families and children by providing assistance with adult relationships, counselling for children, education and broader parenting support.

    Who will benefit from Family and Relationship Services?

    Family and Relationship Services assist people with relationship difficulties to better manage the personal or interpersonal issues to do with children and family during marriage, separation and divorce.

    What are Specialist Services?

    Specialist Services are delivered by providers with expert skills and knowledge in the provision of support to vulnerable individuals and families affected by particular issues such as natural disaster, drugs, violence and trauma.

    Specialist Services consists of the following three activities:

  • Specialised Family Violence Services (SFVS) - assist clients and their families to achieve and maintain positive family relationships, supporting the safety of all individuals affected by family violence. Clients and families can access:
  • Kids in Focus – Family Drug Support (KIF) - services aim to improve outcomes for children in families with substance misuse problems by providing integrated, long term and intensive support to vulnerable and disadvantaged families and children.
  • Family Relationship Services for Humanitarian Entrants (FRSHE)- services address the needs of individuals and families entering Australia under the Humanitarian Entrants Program. The service assist clients to learn a new way of life while sustaining their culture and beliefs. Services help clients understand different values and customs, and the roles family members may have in their new country.
  • Source: www.dss.gov.au

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