Intensive Family Services

Intensive Family Services are specialist services for families with high level safety concerns. They provide intensive case management to help families move out of (or away from) the child protection system. The aim is to keep families and children together. A team works with the family and other key partners to address risks, but also develop goals and strategies to strengthen family safety, wellbeing and functioning. Intensive Family Services are provided by both government and non-government services, (including Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations).

Safe Start (formerly CFARNs)

Safe Start refers to multiple agencies working together to support families at risk of having their infants (aged 0 to 2) placed in out-of-home care.


Strong Start program

Strong Start works with first time mothers (aged under 25 years) during their pregnancy and continue working with the family until the infant is two years old.


NGO Intensive Family Services

Intensive Family Services funded by DHS and delivered by non-government organisations.


Family Practitioner program

Family practitioners work with parents, centre staff and other organisations to help families find relevant services to maintain safe, caring and resilient relationships.


Child Wellbeing program

The Child Wellbeing program works with school-aged children, young people, and their families. Their work centres on children enrolled with an education site (such as an early childhood centre or public school) who are experiencing complex issues and may be at risk.


Child and Family Safety Network

Child and Family Safety Networks are made up of key agency partners from Government, non-government organisations (NGOs), and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), and work collaboratively as a mechanism to support partnership and multi-agency responses for the most at-risk children and families within South Australia.


Page last updated 26 May 2023