Family Foundations – ‘Thinking outside the box’ in the way we support vulnerable children in their early childhood

7 September 2020

What does an organisation do when it starts to see too many gaps in the service system for vulnerable children aged 0-5? It innovates. It modifies its delivery model to address the needs of the community effectively. 

CRCS has made a bold move in collaborating its team of highly experienced early childhood educators and its Family Foundations Program, made up of a team of practitioners who provide intensive family therapies to children and their parents and carers. 

In its work, CRCS has seen the value of having services that support families who are experiencing challenges under the same roof as the early education staff who spend their days building relationships with those same children and their parents.

But we are doing much more than that. We are also ‘wrapping around’ our families.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, at CRCS, we are doing a little bit more with our village. By closely aligning our therapeutic staff, educators and allied health professionals who are frequently working with families- we are creating a therapeutic working model that allows for professional expertise to be shared across a diverse workforce that is resulting in more positive outcomes for children and their families.

One of our key organisational values is ‘inclusion’- and in developing this new model of service delivery, inclusivity has been at the forefront of our minds. We know vulnerable families don’t always feel comfortable accessing services, so we are ramping up our focus on relationship-based practice. Families can consult with one of our therapeutic professionals after having met them –  either at their children’s early education and care centre, or chatting to them in the hall after coming to one of our parenting support groups. 

CRCS has done its research – it has experienced working with the unacceptable challenges that vulnerable children and their families face when navigating the Service System in the ACT, and has got the expertise to elbow this much needed and innovative model of working with families into the Service System. 

Meet the Family Foundations team

Jake – Program Manager
Anne – Family Practitioner
Nadine – Family Practitioner
Anna – Family Practitioner
Daljeet- Student

Get in touch

Call us on 6264 0200 or email FamilyFoundations@crcs.com.au to discuss your options.

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