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Overview - Family support and earlier intervention

Last Modified: 28-Jun-2018 Review Date: N/A

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​The Department of Communities, along with other government and community sector agencies, works with families whose children are most vulnerable to poor life outcomes. Earlier, intensive intervention with high risk families before problems become entrenched, coordinated across government and the community services sector increases safety for children and young people and can divert them from the child protection system.

A number of elements effectively meet the needs of vulnerable families and young people, including:

  • targeting the most vulnerable families at risk of their children coming into care
  • prioritising services for Aboriginal families
  • services being provided by, or in partnership with, Aboriginal people and organisations
  • developing a joint outcomes framework of commonly agreed outcome indicators across government and community sector family support services
  • using data linkage and information sharing to identify families of concern, and
  • engaging service providers and users in service design.

Refer to the Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy for further information.

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