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