The Families and Children Programme delivered under the Families and Communities Programme is a national programme that provides funding to non-government organisations to support families and children, especially those who are vulnerable or in areas of disadvantage. It provides early intervention and preventative family support focusing on supporting families, strengthening relationship, improving children's wellbeing and increasing the participation of people in community life to enhance family and community functioning.
The FCP provides a range of services, focused on strengthening relationships, building parenting and financial management skills, providing support for better community connections, as well as services to help newly arrived migrants in their transition to life in Australia.
Family support services are a vital part of the Australian Government's efforts as part of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children to intervene early to guard against the abuse and neglect of our children and to complement the state and territory governments' child protection systems.
The Family and Communities Programme comprises the following seven activities:
- Financial Wellbeing and Capability
- Families and Children
- Strengthening Communities
- Settlement Services
- Civil Society
- Families and Communities Service Improvement; and
- National Initiatives.
The Family and Children Programme has six services types:
- Communities for Children
- Family Law Services
- Family and Relationship Services
- Children and Parenting
- Young People; and
- Adult Specialist Support.
If you would like to find out more about the Family and Communities Programme please go to www.dss.gov.au