Activities per year
Communities for Children Facilitating Partner (CfC-FP) model provides a place-based service which develops and facilitates a ‘whole of community’ approach to early childhood development and wellbeing for children from 0-12 years (but can include children up to 18 years).
CfC-FP builds on local strengths to meet community needs and create capability within local service systems, using strong evidence of what works in early intervention and prevention. The service collaborates with other organisations, and funds other organisations (known as Community Partners) to provide services including parenting support, group peer support, case management, home visiting services and other supports to enhance child wellbeing. In South Australia there are 5 CFC-FP organisations contracted by the Australian Federal Government servicing the 6 Communities for Children sites.
The initiative commenced with a consultation process in the 2000’s, under the Howard Government, to address the increasing needs of children who were underserviced, disadvantaged and vulnerable . The initial funding for the CfC initiative was provided in the 2000’s to 7 trial sites and over the next iteration an additional 42 sites were contracted nationally . These sites were identified as service areas and often included AECD identified areas of disadvantage for children aged 0 to 5 years. In 2009 additional sites for the CfC initiative were increased to 52 and the targeted age group was expanded for children aged 0 to 12 years.
Strategic plans were developed by sites to deliver early interventions in a method that improved school readiness and decreased developmental delays. The initial intent of the then Government was to build capacity within the community to improve the outcomes for children in high-risk areas and groups, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and refugees. However subsequent government have supported and expanded the CfC work. There was a recognition from the then Australian Government that this form of community development should be community specific and would take time to develop in order to achieve the desired community engagement and capacity building. The Abbott Government initiated policy changes to the CfC programs in response to the Stronger Families in Australia Study (Phase 2), which included an initial 30% and then later 50% evidence-based practice requirement in the activities delivered .
|Publisher||Flinders University, College of Nursing & Health Sciences,|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 5 May 2019|
Bibliographical noteOpen access, copyright retained by author/organizations where applicable.
- Child health
- Communities for Children programs
- Community Children's Services
- Partnership in Diversity
- Community Parnerships
Parry, Y. K. & Bradbrook, C., 2020, Building Stronger Communities with Children and Families. Brettig, K. (ed.). 2nd ed. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 165-193 29 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Exploring the role of Communities for Children (CfC) Facilitating Partners and their impact on service delivery and collaborative community service delivery 2019Parry, Y. K., Gregoric, C. & Abbott, S., 1 Aug 2019, Adelaide: Flinders University, College of Nursing & Health Sciences,. 89 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report › peer-review
Parry, Y. & Abbott, S., 2018, Adelaide, South Australia: Flinders University, College of Nursing & Health Sciences,. 121 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile