$3.6M TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN NORTHERN TABLELANDS

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has today announced that local services for children, young people, families and communities across the region will continue to support families and communities to overcome complex challenges.

Mr Marshall said that the Northern Tablelands would receive $3.66 million funding for the 32 existing services until mid-2017 for targeted earlier intervention and intensive programs.

“This funding is part of the state 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,” Mr Marshall said.

“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.”

Mr Marshall said that between now and 2017 the government through the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) would work closely with service providers across the region to co-design an improved targeted earlier intervention service system.

“I am very pleased that the 32 important existing services – located from Toomelah, Mungindi and Moree to Bingara, Inverell, Glen Innes, Guyra and Armidale, will be able to continue to offer their services to the community,” he said.

“It is important that the reach and impact of earlier intervention programs is maximised so that our local families and communities do attain better outcomes.”

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