Evidence-based programs

Our commissioned initiatives

The Independent Review recommended immediate investment in several initiatives to stem the rising number of children in care and improve their life outcomes. As the result, TFM has rolled out a number of initiatives that are supported by strong formal research, across NSW. Where there are gaps in strong evidence, a combination of evidence building and co-design initiatives are used .

Family preservation and restoration programs

Under Their Futures Matter, a number of intensive family preservation and restoration programs are being implemented to address high priority cases within NSW’s child protection system.

Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN®) and Functional Family Therapy through Child Welfare (FFT-CW®) provide intensive therapeutic home-based treatments which have proven records of success in addressing the underlying causes of trauma. The local implementation of the models is being supported by an implementation specialist team comprising an International Implementation Intermediary (New York Foundling Implementation Support Center ISC), a Local Implementation Intermediary (OzChild) and an Aboriginal Implementation Support Team (AbSec).

LINKS Trauma Healing

A trauma-focused, evidence-based support program for children and young people in out-of-home care to decrease trauma symptoms, improve psychological wellbeing and improve behavioural and emotional functioning.


A support service for children and young people aged under 15, who are in statutory kinship care or foster care, and whose placements are unstable.


Through our Futures Planning and Support Project, we are looking to improve outcomes for children and young people as they transition out of care.

Aboriginal co-design and evidence building in partnership

The evidence based programs outlined above are often adapted to increase cultural appropriateness for Aboriginal people and communities. The team is also leading research across the country to identify solutions that have strong evidence and may be suitable for implementation and increase investment across NSW.

In addition, TFM is leading an initiative to strengthen the evidence base for local solutions with Aboriginal communities. This initiative will see Aboriginal organisations partner with specialist consultants to improve the definition of program outcomes and embed practices for data collection and evaluation.

TFM is also planning to launch a similar initiative for earlier stage investment in promising ideas that will establish partnerships at the program design stage.

The Future System – pillars of the reform

Our vision is to create a coordinated service system that delivers evidence-based, wraparound supports for children and families to transform their life outcomes.