Education & Therapeutic Programs

Sutherland Shire Family Services provide a range of Parenting Programs & Support groups.  Click here to see our Term 3 (2019) Program schedule.


Parenting Programs

shutterstock_117705853Circle of Security is a relationship program designed to strengthen the parent/ caregiver relationship through enhancing attachment security. It is an evidence based program that helps parents/ caregivers recognise new ways to understand their child’s needs and behaviours, and learn effective ways to connect with their child. It enhances a child’s sense of security, self-esteem and parent- child relationship.



Diversity-Children_programThe Bringing Up Great Kids program has been developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation and uses mindfulness and reflection to support parents to review and enhance patterns of communication with their children, to promote more respectful interactions and encourage the development of children’s positive self-identity.



shutterstock_167311367Tuning into Kids is an evidence-based parenting program that focuses on the emotional connection between parents and children. It assists parents respond to their children’s emotions in an accepting and supportive way.







Support Groups

shutterstock_130240289Our Supported Playgroup operates on Mondays during school terms from 10am to 12pm (Noon) and provides the opportunity for families who require additional assistance to learn new skills, gain further understanding about their child, network with other mums and talk to workers to gain additional support in the early years of parenting. The playgroup is held at a purpose built childcare facility, providing a broad range of equipment and activities both indoor and out. There are two playgroup support workers and an SSFS family worker, all of whom have targeted training, knowledge of child development and experience in supporting families. For further information about the Supported Playgroup, please call us on (02) 9528 2933, Ext 101.

Each term, our Domestic Violence Support Groups focused on the needs of women who have experienced domestic violence, explore their strength and survival, impacts on lives, family and relationships, and work to begin the process of healing. We also offer an optional 4 week program designed to look the impact that domestic violence has on the child. Limited childcare is available for these sessions and further information is available on 9528 2933 – Ext 101.




Therapy Programs

shutterstock_252417517Art Therapy is a 6 week program offered to women who have participated in the Women’s Domestic Violence Support Group. The themes of this group focus on strengthening intellectual and intuitive responses, building confidence and insight. The process enables women to gain self-awareness and learn more about how to cope with life’s challenges.



angel_programThe Angel Blankets program is a therapeutic process that aims to protect and nurture children who have experienced stressful life events. Through the use of symbols such as family, pets, friends, places and events, children can tap into their internal knowledge and strengths, to design and create an Angel Blanket. The blanket represents a safety net and source of strength for their life – a tangible object to be wrapped in. The program is best suited for children aged 6-12 years who have experienced stressful life events. For more information on this program please contact us on (02) 9528 2933, Ext 101.




Education Programs

Love Bites 03 Blog 2Love Bites is an extremely successful school based domestic and family violence and sexual assault education program targeted at 15-17 year old high school students. Run in local high schools by trained facilitators, the respectful relationships program consists of two interactive education workshops on Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault followed by creative workshops that consolidate the information from the morning sessions.


pullyaheadin logoPull Ya Head In is our Domestic Violence Community Awareness campaign. The campaign so far has focused on two short films as a powerful communication medium to demonstrate the impact of Family & Domestic Violence in our community. The two short films from the Pull Ya Head In Campaign, both shot locally in the Shire, are designed to highlight different perspectives of the domestic violence problem in our community.

More information about the #pullyaheadin campaign is available at


Toolbox Talks

Toolbox Talks is the most recent addition to the suite of services offered by Sutherland Shire Family Services, and is funded by the NSW Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund. The Fund, an Australian first, provides financial investment for projects focusing on prevention, early intervention, and crisis response to reduce domestic and family violence in NSW.  The program delivers weekly training talks on job sites to the Construction Industry across the greater Sydney region.

See our Press Release regarding the Launch of Toolbox Talks.
Further information is available on our Toolbox Talks page or by visiting our Toolbox Talks website at