Supporting Vulnerable Families
Local services for children, young people, families and communities in the Port Macquarie electorate will continue to help those vulnerable people to overcome complex challenges, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said today.
“Services in our area will receive an extension of $2.199 million funding until mid-2017 for targeted earlier intervention and intensive programs.
“This funding is part of the NSW Government’s $233 million commitment to intervening early to address issues in families which put children at risk of harm and likelihood of entering the child protection system,” Mrs Williams said.
“Local services providers include Mission Australia, Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre, Uniting (NSW), Hastings Family Links, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services.”
“Extending funding to mid-2017 will provide certainty for our community partners that provide important services like case management, parenting programs and domestic violence support,” Mrs Williams said.
Between now and 2017 the NSW Government through the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) will work closely with local service providers to co-design an improved targeted earlier intervention service system in NSW.
“It is important that the reach and impact of earlier intervention programs is maximised so families and communities have better outcomes,” Mrs Williams said.