Brighter futures program

The Brighter Futures program delivers targeted early intervention services to families with children who are at high risk of entering or escalating within the statutory child protection system. The program services families with children aged under 9 years, or families expecting a child, by providing intervention and support that will achieve long-term benefits for children.

Brighter Futures is delivered by non-government lead agencies across NSW to provide a range of tailored services including case management, casework focused on parent vulnerabilities, structured home visiting, quality children’s services, parenting programs and brokerage funds.

Eligible families will have at least one of the following program vulnerabilities which impacts adversely on their capacity to parent and/or the child’s safety and wellbeing:

  • domestic violence
  • drug or alcohol misuse
  • parental mental health issues
  • lack of parenting skills or inadequate supervision
  • parent(s) with significant learning difficulties or intellectual disability.

The Brighter Futures unit processes all Brighter Futures referrals. It also provides lead agencies with information such as the child protection history of referred clients, to assist in determining the client’s eligibility for the program.

The Brighter Futures program guidelines provide an overview of the Brighter Futures program.

The Brighter Futures Service Provision guidelines provide policy and operational guidance on delivering the program.

Referrals are made to Brighter Futures via Child Wellbeing Units.

More information is available from the:

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)