LINKS Trauma Healing Service

The LINKS Trauma Healing Service (LINKS) delivers trauma-focused, evidence-based support to children in out-of-home care.

The service is made up of two teams, based at Penrith and Charlestown community service centres.

The specialist teams include:

  • mental health clinicians
  • Aboriginal mental health clinician
  • occupational therapist
  • speech pathologist
  • psychiatrist
  • customer service officer


These short case studies demonstrates how LINKS effectively engages with families.

Case study: Understanding trauma to strengthen a family bond PDF, 344.71 KB

Case study: Breaking the cycle of trauma symptoms with LINKS PDF, 340.85 KB

How to make a referral

To be eligible for referral, a child must be:

  • 16 and under
  • able to travel to Penrith of Charlestown Community Services Centres for a minimum of weekly appointments

And be experiencing one of the following:

  • two or more placements in the past six months
  • an increased need for respite care over the past 12 months


The LINKS teams partner with children and families to improve their  psychological wellbeing, responses to trauma and ultimately children’s social and emotional health.

Download the LINKS referral form PDF, 1977.21 KB and send to the Central Access Unit mailbox: centralaccessunit@facs.nsw.gov.au.

You can direct your enquiries to: links@facs.nsw.gov.au.

Links Trauma Healing Service

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.