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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.

Outcomes
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


Implementation

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