Supporting families to overcome challenges

Save the Children’s Family Support program improves the well-being and safety of children and young people.

Working with disadvantaged families in Queensland, our Family Support Workers help parents meet the emotional, physical and developmental needs of their children.

Why providing support to families is important

Some parents lack the knowledge and skills to protect their children from harm and provide a safe and nurturing environment for them to grow up happy and healthy. Many families need help to overcome complex issues related to their child's or their own mental and physical health, financial instability and unemployment, and challenging behaviours of children.

Save the Children's Family Support program

Our Early Intervention Family Support program increases the parenting skills and confidence of disadvantaged families and provides referrals to support services.

Family Support Workers provide practical and emotional support to families with children up to 18 years old, with a particular focus on those under five. Our Family Support Team work alongside Save the Children's mobile Playscheme - a free playgroup service that helps young children in vulnerable communities learn to play, socialise, establish routine and prepare for school.

How we know we're helping families

Families involved in our Family Support program receive flexible, practical and intensive support that is tailored to their individual needs, helping to create long term change. Over the last 2 years we've provided support to 219 vulnerable and disadvantaged families.

Who makes our program possible

We are grateful to the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services for their commitment to our Family Support program in Queensland.   Our Early Intervention Family Support program is part of Save the Children's national Parenting Support program which includes support, training, courses, events and case management for parents across Australia.

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