Family preservation and restoration programs

The NSW Government has committed to providing 900 places per year for intensive family preservation and restoration services aimed at keeping families together. Half of these 900 places will be for Aboriginal children and their families.

The models, Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN®) and Functional Family Therapy through Child Welfare (FFT-CW®), have already been shown to be successful with families internationally. These models aim to:

  • reduce entries into out-of-home care
  • increase exits from out-of-home care
  • respond to trauma and other underlying causes of child abuse and neglect.

Since 1 August 2017, new home and community-based support services have been delivered by healthcare professionals in priority locations across NSW. Vulnerable children and families referred to these services will receive counselling and support to develop positive life changes and build a safer home environment.

Case studies

Meet some families that have successfully completed FFT-CW®:

Case study: Family ties matter PDF, 211.59 KB

Case study: Making her own future PDF, 219.6 KB

Case study: Getting out of the pit PDF, 211.08 KB

The services are currently being delivered by non-government organisations in the following locations across NSW:

Functional Family Therapy through Child Welfare (FFT-CW®)

Location

FACS District

Provider

Auburn

Western Sydney

MacKillop Family Services

Bankstown

South Western Sydney

Uniting

Blacktown

Western Sydney

MacKillop Family Services

Blue Mountains

Nepean Blue Mountains

Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services

Burwood

Sydney

Benevolent Society

Central Sydney

South Eastern Sydney

Benevolent Society

Charlestown

Hunter New England

OzChild

Eastern Sydney

South Eastern Sydney

Benevolent Society

Edgeworth

Hunter New England

OzChild

Fairfield

South Western Sydney

Uniting

Hawkesbury

Nepean Blue Mountains

OzChild

Ingleburn

South Western Sydney

OzChild

Lakemba

South Western Sydney

Benevolent Society

Leeton

Murrumbidgee

Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation

Liverpool

South Western Sydney

Uniting

Macarthur

South Western Sydney

OzChild

Mayfield

Hunter New England

OzChild

Mt Druitt

Western Sydney

MacKillop Family Services

Nowra

Illawarra Shoalhaven

MacKillop Family Services

Parramatta

Western Sydney

MacKillop Family Services

Pennant Hills

Northern Sydney

OzChild

Penrith

Nepean Blue Mountains

Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services

Shellharbour

Illawarra Shoalhaven

MacKillop Family Services

St George

South Western Sydney

Benevolent Society

St Marys

Nepean Blue Mountains

OzChild

Sutherland

South Eastern Sydney

Benevolent Society

Ulladulla

Illawarra Shoalhaven

MacKillop Family Services

Wagga Wagga

Murrumbidgee

Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation

Wollongong

Illawarra Shoalhaven

MacKillop Family Services


Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN®)

Location

FACS District

Provider

Charlestown

Hunter New England

Wandiyali

Coffs Harbour

Mid North Coast

Uniting

Dubbo

Western NSW

Marathon Health

Edgeworth

Hunter New England

Wandiyali

Gosford

Central Coast

Catholic Care Diocese of Broken Bay

Ingleburn

South Western Sydney

OzChild

Liverpool

South Western Sydney

OzChild

Macarthur

South Western Sydney

OzChild

Mayfield

Hunter New England

Wandiyali

Tamworth

Hunter New England

Life Without Barriers

Wyong

Central Coast

Catholic Care Diocese of Broken Bay

Models Factsheet

Keeping families together image For more information, read the Family Preservation and Restoration Models Factsheet. PDF, 53.75 KB

Families referred to the new services

These services are designed with a family’s needs in mind. Team members visit families in their home or community to assist them to form new ways to respond to and resolve problems. They will spend time with families to understand their strengths and needs and create a safer family environment.

Read the FFT-CW® brochure for children and families PDF, 3123.74 KB.

Alternative languages:  (Arabic PDF, 431.01 KB | Chinese PDF, 359.88 KB | Vietnamese PDF, 335.16 KB)

Read the MST-CAN® brochure for children and families PDF, 3319.34 KB.

Alternative languages: (Arabic PDF, 429.12 KB | Chinese PDF, 428.77 KB | Vietnamese PDF, 342.25 KB)

What are these models?

Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN®) and Functional Family Therapy through Child Welfare (FFT-CW®) are intensive family preservation and restoration models that target causes of harm towards children. They have a proven record in addressing underlying trauma that causes drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness.

The treatments under these evidence-based models are informed by cognitive, behavioural and family systems theory and require qualified practitioners to deliver the services.

For more model information, visit the Models webpage.

What do these evidence-based models offer?

Implementation of evidence-based practice and new models of service delivery will provide a targeted response for:

  • families with children at imminent risk of entering care
  • families with children in care for whom restoration is identified as a case plan goal.
    They increase access to family preservation and restoration services, contributing to successful outcomes and move toward a suite of service models to meet wide and varied needs of vulnerable children, young people and families.

What are the benefits of these evidence-based models?

  • The models target families who have the highest need (families for whom multiple referrals and service engagements have not achieved change)
  • Interventions are provided in the home and in community settings, enabling qualified practitioners to assess and address underlying causes of harm in the family. This increases the likelihood of achieving sustained improvements in safety and family functioning.
  • The model practice approach will be delivered with fidelity. Local evidence of the impact of the models is being gathered during implementation.
  • The models have been rolled out in a range of NSW settings.

Find out more about the models and the places for Aboriginal families and agencies.

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.