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What is the TEI program?

The Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) program delivers flexible support to children, young people, families and communities experiencing or at risk of vulnerability. It combines five separately funded DCJ programs into one outcomes-focused program. This includes:

  • Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy
  • Child Youth and Family Support
  • Community Builders
  • Families NSW
  • Getting It Together

Services are delivered under two broad streams:

  • Community strengthening – activities that build cohesion, inclusion and wellbeing across all communities, and empower Aboriginal communities
  • Wellbeing and safety – activities that support families and individuals, and provide opportunities for personal development

The TEI program is collecting outcomes data on individual services through the Data Exchange. This will improve how we respond to evolving client and community needs. As our evidence base grows, we will adapt service delivery to reflect what we know works.

Under the new program, service providers need to develop a program logic to demonstrate how their activities contribute to client and community outcomes.

Why are we making these changes?

The number of children reported at risk of significant harm continues to grow, and evidence says we need to provide support earlier.

The TEI program will help us support the people who need it earlier on, so we make the biggest difference. This is an important step towards achieving the Premier’s priority of protecting our most vulnerable children.

You can find out more about why we’re making these changes by reading the TEI program specifications and TEI program fact sheet.

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Last updated: 16 Jul 2021