Targeted Earlier Intervention Program Reform

We are working with our clients, service providers, other government departments and related organisations to redesign the service system.

We are reforming targeted earlier intervention programs because despite our best endeavours, the number of children reported at risk of significant harm continues to grow, and we need to intervene earlier.

There are many more children and families that need support to have more positive pathways in life.

We need a service system that is:

  • Flexible – focusing on client needs rather than program guidelines
  • Locally responsive – working to the strengths, assets and needs of local communities
  • Evidence based – grounded in what we know works and building on that knowledge
  • Adaptive – continuously improving and responding to change
  • Client centred – working with the person and family to address their needs.

The following programs are being considered as part of the reform:

  • Community Builders
  • Families NSW
  • Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy
  • Triple P
  • Child Youth and Family Support
  • Youth Hope
  • Staying Home Leaving Violence
  • Integrated Domestic and Family Violence Services
  • Getting it Together

Program reform timeline 2015-2017

Preview image for the TEI program reform timeline; a sort of flowchart.


August-October 2016 - Reform Directions, District Information Sessions

District information sessions on the Targeted Earlier Intervention reform directions were held through August and October.

  • 1300 people attended across NSW
  • 34 district information sessions were held with FACS staff and stakeholders
  • 7 Aboriginal focused sessions were held with Aboriginal stakeholders and FACS staff

Phase Three District Information Sessions- District Powerpoint Presentation


25 May 2016 – district workshop – setting the scene for reform

On 25 May 2016 representatives from the FACS districts attended the Setting the scene for reform workshop at Burwood Library.

The program and presentation for the day can be found via this link.


8 October 2015 – statewide consultation

On 8 October 2015 The Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth (ARACY), NSW Family Services (FAMS) and Youth Action held a state-wide consultation on the Targeted Earlier Intervention Programs. View the consultation videos via this link.

Preview image of Youtube video embedded on the linked page. Image of woman giving presentation next to PowerPoint slides.

Targeted Earlier Intervention – Program Reform Overview
Ms Mychelle Curran, Director, Community Homes and Place – FACS

Preview image of Youtube video embedded on the linked page. Image of woman giving presentation next to PowerPoint slides.

Better Systems, Better Chances – Part 1 & 2
Dr Stacey Fox, Senior Manager, Research and Projects - ARACY


Consultation and collaboration

The sector consultation paper was released in August 2015 to seek feedback on what is currently working and where we can improve. This paper outlines the scope and aims of the reform.

We sought feedback via consultation sessions and online surveys.

  • 26 consultation sessions were held across the districts, attended by over 1,100 participants. Visit the TEI related reports and research page to read the records of the district consultation feedback sessions.
  • 11 consultation sessions were held with Aboriginal stakeholders, attended by 150 participants
  • Over 1800 client responses were received via survey, focus group and one-on-one interviews

Over 500 written submissions from individuals and organisations have been received.

Preview image for the Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Program Reform Consultation Dashboard March 2016

Preview image for the Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Program Reform Consultation Dashboard

View the state-wide consultation held by the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth (ARACY), NSW Family Services (FAMS) and Youth Action via this link

Preview image of Youtube video embedded on the linked page. Image of woman giving presentation next to PowerPoint slides.

Targeted Earlier Intervention – Program Reform Overview
Ms Mychelle Curran, Director, Community Homes and Place – FACS

Preview image of Youtube video embedded on the linked page. Image of woman giving presentation next to PowerPoint slides.

Better Systems, Better Chances – Part 1 & 2
Dr Stacey Fox, Senior Manager, Research and Projects - ARACY