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.

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 you can speak to us by phone or you can visit our office. We can also meet with you in your home or somewhere convenient for you.

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

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: 1800 066 757
8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays
E: sensfamilyreferral@barnardos.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. Our casework support programs aim 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 behaviour/development issues, social isolation, mental illness, substance issues, domestic violence, housing issues, childcare, or other support issues.

Caseworkers undertake assessments with the family and work with you on how to best support your family. 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: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


Intensive Family Preservation Support 

Targeted at families with children aged 0 to 18 years old who have been identified as being at high risk of harm by the NSW Department of Family & Community Services.

Families referred to this program receive intensive support from a specialist caseworker who visits the home frequently for 6 – 9 months. Caseworkers and families develop safety action plans and work to reduce risks to children, with the aim being that Family & Community Services can be assured children are safe to remain in their own homes.

This program provides 24/7 telephone support for families to assist families in implementing their change strategies. Referrals to this program are only available through NSW Family & Community Services Chatswood and Pennant Hills CSC’s. This is a free service.

For more information contact our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

Supported Playgroups

Assists children in exploring and learning, as well as providing 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.

  • Monday group – in partnership with Northcott, a disability specific agency with the support of a speech therapist. The focus is on preparing children to be ready to attend school, and supports the milestone development of all children including babies.
  • Thursday group – a general group for children who have not started school. The group is run by caseworkers who work with children and families. The focus is on supporting babies and children to reach their milestones, and educates parents about development and learning through play.

These groups are based out of Kate’s Place, located alongside our Waitara Family Centre.
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


Our Central Coast and Naremburn Family Centres also offer supported playgroups. Please reach out for more information.

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

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

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. The blanket is yours to keep.

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

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


SEASONS OF GROWTH KIDS
Helps children and young people deal with grief and loss. It uses the seasons to explain grief and helps build resilience and social skills.

For more information contact our:

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

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

Parenting Support Groups

We offer numerous programs specifically for parents across all of our Family Centre’s. 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: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


Men’s Groups
For men wanting to develop skills for life. Learn how to develop relationships, be accountable, communicate, and support each other.

Men face many struggles in today’s world. One challenge they face is how women see them.

“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: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au 


Drug and Alcohol Youth Support Services (DAYSS)

This service is available for young people 12 – 18 years and their families on the Northern Beaches. It uses a harm reduction model and provides support through:

  • Peer-to-peer mentoring for youth and their families
  • A dedicated youth worker for individual, parental, and/or family support
  • Group work and outreach for young people in schools and the local community
  • Group programs and individual support and educational for parents.

For more information contact our:

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
M: 0429 150 511 or 0457 791 099
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

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