Child & Family Support

We provide home and centre based support for children, young people, individuals and families in the Lower North Shore, Northern Beaches, Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai areas.

 

We recognise that all families have strengths but some need help in difficult times ...

We provide the following services. Please click on the down arrows on the right for more information.

Children's Support Groups

WRAPPED IN ANGELS 
Helps children and adults who have experienced trauma and abuse. The
group is a unique journey of rediscovery and recovery that explores our lives.
It involves creating a blanket – a representation of love, protection, warmth
and safety.eep.

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: nfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Family Centre
P: (02) 8043 2600
E: nbfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Cost: $60 per family to cover materials (financial concessions are available).


SEASONS FOR GROWTH KIDS
Helps children and young people deal with grief and loss. It uses the four
seasons to explain the process people go through when they are grieving.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

Child, Youth & Family Casework
Targeted Early Intervention Programs

Parenting can be a tough gig, and we all need a little support from time to
time. This program aims to strengthen family relationships by providing home
visits to families who are experiencing challenges with parenting. Families can
refer themselves to our Centre if they would like to talk to a caseworker about
child development or behaviour issues, feeling socially isolated, mental illness,
substance abuse, domestic violence, gambling, housing issues, childcare or
other support issues. This is a free service.

Group based intervention is also provided to clients through playgroups and via parenting courses such as Circle of Security, Infant Massage, Tuning into Kids, Tuning into Teens and Triple P Parenting. For more information visit our Parenting Programs page here.

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: nfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Family Centre
P: (02) 8043 2600
E: nbfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


Intensive Family Preservation 

This program is for families with children aged 0 – 18 years who have been
identified as being at high risk of harm by the NSW Family & Community
Services.

Families referred to this program receive intensive support from a specialist
caseworker for 6 months. Caseworkers and families work together to develop
safety action plans and work to reduce risks to children so that Family &
Community Services can be assured children are safe and can remain at home.

This program operates a 24/7 telephone support for families to assist them to
implement change. Referrals to this program are received through Pennant Hills or Chatswood Community Service Centres.

For more information contact our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

Family Referral Service
  • Links you and your family with services to help with:
  • Child and parenting programs
  • Counselling and mediation
  • Domestic violence
  • Financial assistance
  • Housing and accommodation
  • Mental health support
  • Migrant and settlement
  • Youth support … and many other services you may need.

 

To access this service please call 1800 066 757. The intake line is open Monday to Friday 8.00am – 6.00pm.

We link young people, children and families to culturally sensitive services wherever possible, and we provide free interpreters.

 

Parenting Support Groups

We offer numerous programs specifically for parents across all of our Family Centres. For more information visit our Parenting Programs page here.

We also offer:

Waitara Parent’s Wellbeing Drop-In
Being a parent is tough, and we all need a little support from time to time. Our Parent’s Wellbeing Drop In offer parents a safe space to enjoy a cuppa, relax and chat to staff and others about their experiences. Come along and find out about your local family centre and the various parent groups you can enrol in.

For more information contact our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


Men’s Groups
Many men face struggles in today’s world. Our groups are for men wanting to develop skills for life – how to develop positive relationships, shoulder responsibilities, communicate and support each other.

We also run groups to help men learn how to live and interact safely with their children and families. We have a male worker who specialises in helping men make positive changes.

“Often confronting, but always helpful, even playful, I recommend all men take time to experience this group process and see the benefits that are possible in your relationships with others and with yourself.”
From a Men’s Group participant Sydney

For more information contact our:
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Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


 

Supported Playgroups

Our playgroups help children to explore and learn, and provide a place for
parents to socialise and discuss their children’s development with a qualified
worker. Playgroups help children improve their social, motor and language
skills in a safe, fun environment. Please contact our Centres for dates and
times.

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: nfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

Youth Services

Drug and Alcohol Youth Support Services (DAYSS)

A free and confidential service for 12 – 24 year olds in the Northern Beaches area. Empowers young people to create positive change in their own lives and communities. We offer one-on-one support using a harm reduction model. We work with young people experiencing substance abuse or immediately surrounded and effected by use. We also offer after care support and assist parents and families.

DAYSS also delivers a range of outreach services including street work, support at youth events, drug and alcohol school education programs and presentations. We also lead a youth advisory group.  Flyer here.

For more information contact our:

Northern Beaches Family Centre
P: (02) 8043 2600
M: 0429 150 511 or 0457 791 099
E: dayss@catholiccaredbb.org.au

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