New centre to support vulnerable families

12 Dec 2017

Some of the state’s most vulnerable families will be supported in a new centre which opened in Sydney’s south today.

The Uniting Newpin centre in Hurstville will offer support to parents through an intensive child protection and parent education program that works therapeutically with families under stress.

Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said the Newpin program, now in its fifth year, has a strong record of delivering positive outcomes for families.

“Families have received life-changing support under this innovative program,” Ms Goward said.

“Newpin helps break the cycle of destructive relationships and supports families to live together safely.”

The Hurstville centre is an expansion of the program, with seven Uniting Newpin centres already established in Sydney and regional NSW, including Bidwill, St Marys, Doonside, Ingleburn, Port Kembla, Wyong and Lambton.

“Uniting Newpin works with families to inspire good parenting, encouraging the value of positive parent-child relationships, and raise the self-esteem of individual parents,” Uniting Director of Resilient Families Bob Mulcahy said.

As at 30 June 2017, Newpin has:

  • reunited 203 children in out-of-home care with their families
  • prevented 55 families from having children enter out-of-home care
  • achieved a cumulative restoration rate of 63 per cent (the restoration rate is the proportion of children referred to the Newpin program that are returned from out-of-home care to their families).

Newpin, Australia’s first social impact bond, is the result of an innovative partnership between the Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Treasury, Uniting and Social Ventures Australia (SVA).

The Newpin Social Benefit Bond raised $7 million in private investment to deliver and expand the program.

“The new Uniting Newpin centre in Hurstville will enable more families to access this life changing program and we are delighted that the Newpin Social Benefit Bond has helped make this possible,” Director of Impact Investing at SVA Elyse Sainty said.

In addition to achieving a positive social outcome for families, Newpin has also delivered a financial return to investors. Based on the social outcome, investors will receive a 13 per cent financial return for the first four years.