Functional Family Therapy - Child Welfare

MacKillop Family Services is delivering a new family preservation and restoration program, Functional Family Therapy - Child Welfare

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MacKillop is delivering the Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW) program in three areas of NSW - Blacktown (Western Sydney), as well as Shellharbour and Nowra in partnership with Waminda, the South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation.

FFT-CW is an evidence-based, intensive intervention program aimed at keeping families together, and where appropriate keeping children from entering out of home care. Internationally tested and recognised, the FFT-CW model targets the causes of harm and treats trauma.

FFT-CW is a home-based treatment model that works with families where there has been physical abuse and/or neglect of a child. It is an integrated approach incorporating theory, clinical practice and evidence based research. The model is designed to improve family dynamics, communication and supportiveness while addressing child protection concerns.

FFT-CW targets vulnerable families with children and young people aged 0-17 years who are experiencing a range of issues, including domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and mental illness.

There are two types of services within the FFT-CW model – one for families at very high risk who need intensive intervention, and one for families at lower risk who are more likely to engage successfully in community supports.

NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) has selected this approach based on FFT-CW’s international success in increasing child safety and keeping more families together. FFT-CW was developed in the United States with the support of the New York Foundling, a not-for-profit agency supporting children and young people in New York City. It has proven to make a real difference to families within the statutory child protection system.

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