Family Referral Service (FRS) is a key initiative under the Government’s Keep Them Safe Action Plan. These new services are implemented by NSW Health.
FRS assists children and young people who do not meet the statutory threshold for child protection intervention but would benefit from accessing support to address current problems and prevent future escalations. FRS provides information and links vulnerable children, young people and their families to a range of support services in their local areas.
FRS is a home visiting and outreach service with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus. Whilst not exclusively catering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, the service aims to engage and link Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with relevant services that best meet their needs in a manner that is culturally appropriate.
FRS connects families with appropriate services that best meet their needs, including:
When you phone or drop into any FRS office, you will speak with a Family Referral Worker who will connect you with the right service and support for issues affecting your family. Our Family Referral Workers are accessible, responsive, professionally trained and take the time to listen and assist you in identifying your needs.
The service is free. FRS is funded by the NSW Government as part of Keep Them Safe action plan to improve the safety and well-being of children in NSW and operates from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
Listen Michael Coutts-Trotter is the head of Family & Community Services and took time out to visit Pathfinders in Armidale recently with their Patron, The Hon. James Wood. Mr Coutts-Trotter’s visit was a significant occasion for the Pathfinders team where they were able to showcase their work with vulnerable young people and families. Mr Coutts-Trotter... View Article
Listen Pathfinders had the privilege of welcoming their Patron, the Hon. James Wood to Armidale and Mr Michael Couttes-Trotter, the Secretary of the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services. Mr Wood is well known for his commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW. Mr Wood was commissioned to conduct the inquiry... View Article
Listen Pathfinders Aboriginal Birth Certificate project is proudly supported by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet via the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. A free birth certificate is available for Aboriginal applicants that meeting the following criteria: Are preparing to attend pre-school Are preparing to attend primary school Are preparing to attend secondary school Are transitional from... View Article
Listen Youth Week and Youth Homelessness week is a yearly event which see Pathfinders and its programs get involved in many social and community activities. Pathfinders operate a number of programs and services based in promoting youth and family welfare. Pathfinders programs and services include: Youth social, recreational and vocational centres and programs Family referral services to... View Article
Listen Pathfinders operate a number of programs and services based in promoting youth and family welfare. We currently have a direct impact on more than 90,000 people through our services and focused programs, including family support, disability, homelessness services, youth services and child protection services. Pathfinders’ programs can be found in Armidale, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Moree,... View Article
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