Functional Family Therapy - Child Welfare

MacKillop Family Services is excited to announce it will begin operations of a new family preservation and restoration program, Functional Family Therapy - Child Welfare, in August 2017.

Smiling preschooler in front of parents holding baby

MacKillop will deliver 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 will target 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.

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.

Current FFT-CW Employment Opportunities

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.

MacKillop is currently recruiting for Low Risk and High Risk positions located in Blacktown, Nowra and Shellharbour.  We are looking for suitably qualified people to be part of a team of staff delivering these new services.

Positions Available

High Risk Track

  • Family Therapy Supervisor (1 position in each location - Blacktown, Nowra, Shellharbour)
  • Family Therapist (4 positions in each location – Blacktown, Nowra and Shellharbour)

Low Risk Track

  • Team Leader Therapeutic Casework (1 position in each location – Blacktown, Nowra and Shellharbour)
  • Therapeutic Caseworkers (4 positions in each location – Blacktown, Nowra and Shellharbour)

How do I apply? 

Click on the links for Position Descriptions of each role including key responsibilities and selection criteria, conditions of employment and additional support:

Have more questions? Please email

Further Information

For more information about Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare visit: