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Families NSW

Families NSW is a coordinated strategy sponsored by the NSW Government to increase the effectiveness of early intervention and prevention services in helping families to raise healthy, well adjusted children. Families NSW is a $117.5 million strategy and has now been implemented in all areas of NSW.
Families NSW aims to achieve improved health, developmental, educational and social outcomes for children in NSW. It is a whole-of-government initiative, which is population-focused, strongly evidence-based, proactive and focusing on prevention.
Families NSW is a new way for services to work in closer partnership with other departments and agencies to achieve outcomes for children.

The Families NSW initiative is designed to achieve the following outcomes:

  • healthier children and parents
  • better functioning families who are able to enjoy and learn from one another
  • children who are better prepared to learn and develop when they start school
  • reduction in the conditions that lead to mental health problems in children (such as conduct disorder)
  • improved recognition and early intervention for post natal depression and other mental health problems in parents and new babies
  • greater parental participation in education and training
  • communities whose members interact more positively and which are friendly places to bring up children
  • reduction in the conditions that lead to child abuse and neglect
  • reduction in juvenile and adult crime


Those involved in the implementation of Families NSW include:

  • Area Health Services
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Community Services
  • Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Housing
  • Non-government agencies funded by the Government to support families.

For more information on Families NSW see: Families NSW website 

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This web page is managed and authorised by Primary Health & Community Partnerships of the NSW Department of Health. Last updated: 4 February, 2010