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Social Futures has announced that is has secured a three-year contract with the NSW Government to deliver a new service, Family Connect and Support,  on the Far North Coast.  Social Futures will also be delivering the service in partnership with Pathfinders on the Mid North Coast.

The new program will replace the Family Referral Service and follows reform in the sector, with responsibility for the service being transferred from NSW Health to the Department of Communities and justice.

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies has welcomed the development. “It’s great that we get to continue to support families in this region,” he said, “It’s a recognition of the exceptional work we’ve done in the State’s North and the reputation we’ve built with the families we’ve supported, the Government and other service providers.”

There will also be some changes to the services offered, including additional planning for priority populations such as Aboriginal families, families with children aged from 0 to 5, and children and young people affected by mental illness.

Davies was also encouraged by the expansion of services the government has outlined and Social Futures will be able to deliver.

“There are some new features in the agreement that will help us be more flexible in responding to large scale emergencies and supporting isolated families and communities.  The introduction of Family Group Conferencing is a great idea and one that we will be putting into practice here and in the Mid-North Coast”.

Full details of the changes announced by the government and a list of regional providers can be found here: https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/families/support-programs/all-families/family-connect-and-support