SSFS believe that our future generation – today’s children – have the right to be raised in homes where they feel safe, and can achieve their potential through love, connection, hope and support. As such, we offer a range of family support services, programs and courses centred around the goal of assisting parents, children, and families connect with each other and their wider community.
Our Family Workers are caring professionals who provide information, advocacy and much needed support to families and can help you find ways to feel more connected with your children, family and community. Family workers use counselling skills to talk with you about issues that may be worrying you and together help set goals and work on things that are important to you and your family. Family workers listen to you, clarify your concerns, help you learn about your options, and work with you to arrive at a decision to reach the outcome that is safest for your family. We approach each family as unique, and offer non-judgemental support that is sensitive to your culture, respectful of your choices, flexible and transparent. You can take advantage of our Family Worker services by calling our office on (02) 9528 2933 or emailing us. Families are able to directly request assistance, or have a professional or extended family member make a referral for assistance to be offered.
Aboriginal Family Workers
Our Aboriginal Family Workers provide a range of information and referral services, as well as emotional and practical support for Aboriginal families with children aged up to 8 years who live in either the Sutherland Shire or St. George area. Aboriginal Family Workers will work with families to promote safety and emotional wellbeing for all children. We can liaise and negotiate with other agencies and departments on your behalf, including assisting you to seek and access appropriate services for support. Aboriginal Family Workers consult with families regarding the many issues that impact on family life and relationships.
Our Family Services team also offer a range of Parenting education programs to families requiring support. Through our regularly scheduled sessions of the Circle of Security Program, Bringing Up Great Kids, Tuning Into Kids and other programs, we support parents in their goals to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children, enhance their attachment and relationship quality, understand and respond to children’s needs, and improve all outcomes for a child’s wellbeing.
Building Resilience in Children (BRIC) Project
Recognising the effect that domestic violence has on children, in 2012 SSFS launched the Building Resilience in Children (BRIC) program – a highly effective, trauma-informed, attachment parenting project designed to rebuild the lives of the parent and child following domestic violence trauma. The BRIC project provides direct therapeutic work with the non-offending caregiver and their child/ren traumatised as a result of exposure to domestic violence.