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
  • Getting it Together

Targeted Earlier Intervention Program Structure

Targeted Earlier Intervention Program Structure

TEI quality practice:
Assessment, supported referrals and information: These are foundation activities, provided in an effective and timely manner, including common assessments, supported referrals to other service providers, and information such as brochures, websites and other resources.
Pathways and partnerships: These activities will continuously improve supported referrals, connections and sector capacity building within the local community and service system.
Aboriginal, CALD and disability accessibility and capability: These activities and capabilities will proactively enable individuals and families to access and determine the way their support is provided.

Program reform timeline 2015-2017

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


March 2017 – Minister Goward approves 3 year funding to TEI services from 1 July 2017

Minister Goward has granted three year funding arrangements under the new TEI program, from 1 July 2017. These services will be required to continue to work with FACS to implement TEI service reforms in their area.

This will provide funding certainty for providers and ensure ongoing service delivery for clients, whilst allowing time for completion of the TEI reform planning phase and implementation of the locally developed service model.

Letters have been issued to services regarding this announcement.

The following TEI program documentation is now available to support program planning and implementation:


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