New Program For Early Intervention Support

Local parents and families will benefit from a new program providing improved early intervention support and practical assistance to help prevent issues from escalating.

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said the Family Connect and Support program would bolster early intervention services available across the region.

“When we provide families with the support they need at the earliest possible time, we can more appropriate address their issues and help keep them safely together,” Mr Elliott said.

“This program offers a single point of contact with which families can engage, offering a range of practical assistance, advice and information that can help them break the cycle of disadvantage and provide a safe home for children.”

Family Connect and Support builds on features of the Family Referral Service and has been enhanced to include Family Group Conferencing.

It will also include increased outreach to schools and hospitals, and a focus on Aboriginal families, families with children aged zero to five, and children and young people affected by mental illness.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the program aligns with the NSW Government’s commitment to reduce the number of children and young people entering out-of-home care.

“The new program streamlines existing services and support with the aim helping families to build better relationships, improve general health and wellbeing, and live independently in secure housing,” Mr Ward said.

Barnardos Australia will deliver the program in Western Sydney from the beginning of 2021.

More information about Family Connect and Support is available online.