OzChild is committed to ensuring vulnerable children, young people and their families are provided with the most effective support and interventions available. In our strategic plan this commitment is captured in our number ONE Goal – Strengthen our Impact.
During 2014, OzChild began a journey of seeking out the most relevant and impactful programs available for vulnerable children, young people and families that could be confidently brought into the Australian cultural context. We intentionally looked at programs backed by high quality international research, demonstrating that the intervention is effective for the intended client group.
All programs are characterised by a clearly articulated theory, comprehensive staff training manuals, model adherence measures and on-going quality assurance systems. Each of the evidence based programs selected have been chosen because they have been shown to consistently achieve outstanding results for vulnerable children and young people and their families.
As an organisation, we invested in the establishment of three evidence based programs in Victoria in 2015; SafeCare, Functional Family Therapy- Child Welfare (FFT-CW) and Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO). Consistent with our vision, we established two of these programs in collaboration with Anglicare Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA).
All three programs are offered in the Southern Division of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and referrals can be made through the local Child FIRST Consortium or DHHS Office. Contact Child FIRST on: 1300 721 383
In April 2017, OzChild expanded its evidence based services into New South Wales. The Department of Family and Community Services (FACs) awarded OzChild responsibility for delivering local Intermediary Services in support of two evidence based programs throughout NSW; Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW) and Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN).
This work is carried out in close cooperation with The New York Foundling (the International Intermediary), the program developers of both FFT-CW and MST-CAN and FACs.
OzChild is delivering FFT-CW High Risk and Low Risk Tracks along with Multi-Systemtic Therapy – Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) in Ingleburn, Macarthur, St. Marys, and Edgeworth in Newcastle.
Referrals can be made through Family and Community Services.
In 2018, OzChild increased its provision of evidence based services into Queensland. Working with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (DCSYW) it will deliver TFCO in the South West Region.
Referrals can be made through Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.