Aboriginal Child Youth and Family

(Eligibility 0-17 years old)

The Aboriginal Child Youth and Family program is an early intervention and placement prevention program aimed at reducing the likelihood of children and young people from entering or remaining in the child protection system. The program delivers services to Aboriginal families and young people over the course of three months.

This diverse program offers support from an Aboriginal team to families with children aged 0 to 11 years and youth work to clients aged 12 to 17 years. The Nabu team can work with the all of the family.

The case work conducted with children 0 to 11 years is child focused ensuring the child’s health, safety and welfare is the priority during case management.

The youth work supports young people in their personal, social and educational development to help them reach their full potential in society.

We can provide you with ‘Assessment and Case-planning’, which is where we assess the strengths and needs of your family, as well as any potential safety issues or risks. We then plan and co-ordinate a range of services that can address these needs and risks for you, as well as monitoring them to ensure they are effective.

The program is designed to encourage behavioural improvement in individuals, who show signs of any identified concerns, or who exhibit risk factors or vulnerabilities; MFYS provides the resources and skills through case work to support and improve the situation.

We can visit with you in the Community and/or, transport children and youth to and from a community visit.

The Aboriginal Child Youth and Family support service model seeks to deliver advice, support, parenting skills programs and activities that are evidence based, comprehensive, responsive and delivered in a timely way.

Women’s Indigenous Supported Housing Program (WISH)

The WISH program is designed to support young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander mothers who are pregnant or have a child up to the age of two years old and are at risk of homelessness, currently homeless or have other stressors that increase her and the child’s vulnerability.

The WISH program is a partnership based program that was designed by the community for the community. The partnership includes Macarthur Family and Youth Services as the lead agency, Department of Housing, Argyle Housing, Department of Health and Tharawal.

WISH clients will receive long term case management support from a Case Worker to identify and assess the strengths and needs of the family, as well as any safety issues or risks. We then plan and co-ordinate a range of services that can address these needs and risks for you, as well as monitoring them to ensure they are effective.

Referrals are made by Bulla Bulla at Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Services or through Bulundidi Gudaga at Narellan Community Health Centre.

Guroong Mana Aboriginal Supported Playgroup

The Guroong Mana Playgroup is located at Waranwarin Centre at Minto and is on every Tuesday between 10am-12pm during school term.

The program has a particular focus on supporting families with children aged up to five years. It is geared to meet the needs of children and families while promoting the necessary conditions for a child’s healthy development. Guroong Mana Playgroup offer’s free morning tea to the children, as well as plenty of educational and play based activities.

The playgroup is a soft entry point for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families needing support, it provides an opportunity for parents to share experiences of parenting and for children to socialise, play and learn in a structured, positive and culturally sensitive environment, please call us and join in the fun, or simply drop in.

Yarn and Learn

The Yarn and Learn Aboriginal Women’s social group is delivered to the WISH clients and greater Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community stimulating social, linguistic, creative, physical, imaginative, emotional needs of each participant.

Yarn and Learn is held at the Woodbine Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday between 10am- 12pm during the school term.