Local networks of high quality, integrated services that support families and young people at risk.

Background

Family Support Networks have operated in Western Australia since December 2011. The initial Family Support Network included an FSN lead agency and partner agencies that provided integrated and coordinated secondary family support services to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families and prevent the need for tertiary child protection intervention. The partner agency services included intensive family support and counselling, targeted parenting support, homelessness services, family and domestic violence intervention, services for young people, and targeted community support. The FSN lead agency provided an assessment and coordination service, with case management allocated to the partner agencies.

The following sites operated in Perth metro with an additional site operating in Geraldton by Parkerville with private funding:

  • Armadale – since December 2011 Lead Agency Parkerville
  • Mirrabooka – since January 2014 Lead Agency MercyCare
  • Midwest – since November 2013 Lead Agency Parkerville (Funded by Karrara Mining)
  • Fremantle – August 2015 Lead Agency St Patricks.

The 2013 and 2014 evaluation of the Family Support Networks are available: