NSW Aboriginal Child, Youth & Family Strategy

The NSW Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Strategy is a prevention and early intervention strategy that aims to provide Aboriginal families with children the best start in life.

The strategy has a particular focus on supporting Aboriginal families expecting a baby or with children aged up to five years. This is underpinned by a strong body of evidence demonstrating the importance of the early years in a child’s development, and the long-term effectiveness of supporting parents and children during these years.

The strategy funds five types of service for Aboriginal children and families. These are:

  • Aboriginal supported playgroups – providing an opportunity for parents to share experiences of parenting and for children to socialise, play and learn in a structured and positive environment
  • parenting programs – providing parents with effective activities, information and coaching to assist them to build positive parenting skills
  • Aboriginal family worker – working to improve the outcomes and wellbeing of Aboriginal families with children aged 0–5 by providing support for parenting, facilitating informal support groups and access to appropriate services
  • community capacity building – community-based projects aiming to strengthen the connections community members make with local services available to them
  • partnership and network projects
    • supporting service providers to work collaboratively to improve conditions in the local community
    • improving prevention and early intervention approaches by making local connections between services. This will improve people’s access and engagement with services, and improve results for clients.

The Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Strategy works in close partnership with Families NSW, and the NSW Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Strategy.

Services must comply with the Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Program Guidelines.

As outlined in the program guidelines, services must provide data about service provision. The Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Strategy, and Families NSW data collection teams will email service providers with information about how to provide data and reminders when data entry and survey dissemination is required. Please contact fnsw@artd.com.au regarding data reporting.

For more information, feedback or updates please contact Anthony Shannon, Director, Families and Place, FACS at anthony.shannon@facs.nsw.gov.au.

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