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“At the first meeting we felt that it was something completely different that we have not been exposed to before and we felt that the weight has been lifted off our shoulders.”
Mum, after she and her family completed FFT-CW

Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW®) was first developed and implemented in New York City and has since been implemented in several international jurisdictions.

FFT-CW® is a home-based treatment model for families with substantiated physical abuse and/or neglect of a child or young person aged between 0 and 17 years by providing a family therapy-focused model for at-risk families. FFT-CW® addresses the underlying trauma that results in harm to children, young people and families.

The FFT-CW® model

  • addresses child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, mental illness, school difficulties, and history of out-of-home care or involvement with the NSW child protection system
  • is focused on engaging with the family’s broader social environment
  • delivers a comprehensive service to all family members, after assessing the abuse dynamics within the family
  • develops each family’s social and community networks which are considered a central component of the service response.

For more information, visit the FFT-CW® website.

FFT-CW® is currently being delivered by non-government organisations in the following locations across NSW: 

CSC Location

FACS District

Provider

Albury

Murrumbidgee

Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation

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

The Benevolent Society

Central Sydney

Sydney

The Benevolent Society

Cessnock

Hunter Central Coast

OzChild

Charlestown

Hunter Central Coast

OzChild

Cootamundra

Murrumbidgee

Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation

Eastern Sydney

South Eastern Sydney

The Benevolent Society

Edgeworth

Hunter Central Coast

OzChild

Fairfield

South Western Sydney

Uniting

Goulburn

Southern NSW

MacKillop Family Services

Hawkesbury

Nepean Blue Mountains

OzChild

Ingleburn

South Western Sydney

OzChild

Lakemba

Sydney

The Benevolent Society

Leeton

Murrumbidgee

Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation

Liverpool

South Western Sydney

Uniting

Macarthur

South Western Sydney

OzChild

Maitland

Hunter Central Coast

OzChild

Mayfield

Hunter Central Coast

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

Queanbeyan

Southern NSW

MacKillop Family Services

Raymond Terrace

Hunter Central Coast

OzChild

Shellharbour

Illawarra Shoalhaven

MacKillop Family Services

St George

South Eastern Sydney

The Benevolent Society

St Marys

Nepean Blue Mountains

OzChild

Sutherland

South Eastern Sydney

The Benevolent Society

Ulladulla

Illawarra Shoalhaven

MacKillop Family Services

Wagga Wagga

Murrumbidgee

Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation

Wollongong

Illawarra Shoalhaven

MacKillop Family Services

Resources and further information 

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

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Caseworkers can go to Ignite Training for FFT-CW eLearning Package

Referrals to FFT-CW

Caseworkers can refer families to participate in FFT-CW® by emailing CentralReferralUnitFFT&MST@facs.nsw.gov.au