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New Service Commences to Support Vulnerable Families in Penrith

Source: Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith
Archived 7 Nov 2017 - Posted: 8 Sep 2017
A new evidence-based family support program in Penrith has now commenced giving vulnerable families the chance to develop a safe home environment for their children.

Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres said Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services is now delivering Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW) to families and children experiencing abuse and neglect in the region.

“The roll-out of this internationally tried and tested evidence based service is a major step in providing even more support to help our vulnerable families stay together,” Stuart Ayres said.

“Up to 800 vulnerable children and their families per year across NSW will receive the services, with half of the places dedicated to Aboriginal children and their families.”

The home-based treatment service will be delivered by highly qualified and trained professionals.

Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said FFT-CW practitioners work with families through counselling and support sessions.

“This service will result in better outcomes for vulnerable children and their families because they will be given the right tools to create a safe and loving home,” Ms Goward said.

“We are working hard to ensure that we are supporting parents to change when their children are at risk of harm.”

The model which has already shown success with families internationally, aims to:

  • reduce entries into out-of-home care
  • increase exits from out-of-home care
  • respond to trauma and other underlying causes of child abuse and neglect.

The NSW Government is investing $90 million over four years for additional family support services, part of Their Futures Matter, the Government’s long-term strategy for out-of-home care and for improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families in NSW.

This article archived 7 Nov 2017

 
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