Families NSW is the NSW Government’s all-embracing approach to improve the health and well being of children up to 8 years and their families. NSW Health, NSW Department of Education & Communities and the Department of Family and Community Services collaborate to assist children and their families make that positive difference they are looking for.
Families NSW help parents and carers to find the confidence in parenting. They are provided with new skills to respond to problems early and build on relationships in the family unit.
Families NSW also improve the way the agencies work together and build communities.
Projects have included:
providing more than 250,000 home visits for new parents and babies. More than 70,000 families are offered a home visit each year by child and family health nurses
establishing 51 Schools as Community Centres statewide, to help link families with schools from early childhood
establishing more than 180 Supported Playgroups across NSW. These playgroups are coordinated by a trained professional to give parents an informal way to share experiences and build confidence in parenting
establishing local antenatal programs to assist with the early identification of vulnerable families and the development of care pathways to improve access to services.