Strong Families, Strong Communities

Strong Families, Strong Communities provides services to help keep children safe and well in their family, community and culture. It provides earlier help and support to families with medium-level risk factors and is for families with children of all ages, from pre-birth to adolescents. Services are delivered by 16 partner government and non-government organisations.

The program will help families to:

  • build and sustain healthy family functioning
  • strengthen the capacity of families to reach their potential
  • encourage self-determination, and making it easier to ask for support
  • strengthen connection to support in their community and culture.

It supports families with a range of challenges:

  • Family based violence
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Mental or physical health concerns
  • Housing stress (housing instability, suitability).

Strong Families, Strong Communities acknowledges the strengths of culture for Aboriginal and multicultural families, and supports families to build capacity and strengthen connections to community and culture as a valuable way to help children thrive.

Eligibility

The service supports families with children from pre-birth to 17 years of age and will be prioritised for:

  • infants at risk
  • young parents
  • adolescents with complex trauma
  • Aboriginal families with multiple and complex needs
  • culturally and linguistically diverse families (CALD).

Professionals recommending or referring clients to Strong Families, Strong Communities

Professionals working with children and families are encouraged to promote the service with eligible clients with medium level safety concerns, and should contact SFSC service providers directly to refer families .

Community and family self-referral

If you think you might need some support to keep your family safe and healthy, contact a provider in the list below.

Contact a SFSC service provider

Providers by region

Specialist providers

For Aboriginal families:

For culturally and linguistically diverse families:

Page last updated 24 July 2023