Their Futures Matter is a cross-government reform delivering whole-of-system changes to better support vulnerable children and families. The guiding vision is to significantly improve life outcomes for current and future generations of children and families, and to ensure that every child has a safe, permanent and loving home.
Our approach to the reform involves:
Previous approaches to child protection and wellbeing have been program-based and siloed. They have failed to address the increasing numbers of children entering out-of-home care and their continuing poor outcomes.
Their Futures Matter is breaking the status quo. Placing children, young people, and families at the centre of program design and decision-making means services are specific and targeted to their needs.
We’re gathering information from across government and the sector to better understand the needs and aspirations of vulnerable children and families. Their individual needs and aspirations form the basis of our coordinated packages of support.
Delivering whole-of-system change to improve the lives of many thousands of individuals is a sizable challenge that will take several years to take full effect. Our initial focus is to direct funding, effort, and other resources to cohorts of children and young people with the greatest needs, and where there are the largest opportunities to improve life outcomes.
This is referred to as an ‘investment approach’ because our targeted work will see benefits for both individuals and the system, now and into the future.
Their Futures Matter is both a landmark reform and a cross-agency implementation unit, established to lead how government responds to the needs of people at risk of poor life outcomes.
We have central decision-making responsibility, working to gain a holistic view of services and supports across all government agencies.
Leaders of the reform include our Implementation Board and NSW Government departments of Education, Family and Community Services, Health, Justice, Premier and Cabinet, and Treasury.
Implementation involves redesigning systems and processes to transform life outcomes.
A number of initiatives are being delivered as part of the reform under the three key pillars:
The reform is being implemented across a four-year program:
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Our vision is to create a coordinated service system that delivers evidence-based, wraparound supports for children and families to transform their life outcomes.