Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

$5.8million to help prevent child abuse

The Coalition Government continued its efforts to support parents and prevent child abuse with the Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony’s announcement today of $5.8 million in grants for Early Intervention Parenting Projects.

Mr Anthony said the two-year funding package would be shared between 41 projects from around Australia, providing a variety of vital support services.

“Importantly, there are projects funded in each state and territory – giving families right across the country access to the specialist services provided.

Around $600,000 of the total funding will help the NAPCAN (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse) to continue its renowned work in the area of child abuse prevention.

The projects will provide a range of benefits for families including:

  • Parenting courses;
  • Home visits by professionals and volunteers;
  • Establishment of playgroups;
  • Outreach services, and
  • Family support.

Mr Anthony said a key focus of the project was to meet the special needs of families in rural and remote areas, indigenous families and those from multi-cultural backgrounds.

“Prevention and early intervention are key elements in the Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy and we will continue to help families provide a safe and healthy home life for their children,” Mr Anthony said.

“These grants attracted a very large number of applications with high quality proposals – it is heartening to see how much dedication there is in our community to improving the lives of children and to building a better society.”

The projects are part of the Government’s commitment to Child Abuse Prevention announced in the 1998-99 budget.

Successful Applicants for Early Intervention Parenting Project Grants
Project Title Description/Objective
New South Wales
Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Family Community Care Centre Inc Parents as Partners
UnitingCare Burnside – Macarthur Family Services Engaging and Strengthening Parents with Mental Health problems
Tresillian Family Care Centres Pilot Home Visiting Intervention Programme
Shoalhaven Division of General Practice Young Parents Early Intervention Parenting Project
Good Beginnings Australia Inc Good Beginnings Volunteer Home Visiting and Parenting Program (inner west Sydney)
Deniliquin Council for Social Development – Family Support Program Series of Parenting Programs
Lower Mountains Family Support Service Family Links Project
Byron Shire Council CARE Parent Support Project
KU Children’s Services Families First Macarthur
Fairfield City Council The Caravan Park Parenting Project
The Queen Elizabeth Centre Parenting Plus
Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital Improving Access to Playgroups for all Families
Jesuit Social Services/Parenting Australia Early Intervention Parenting Projects
Australians Against Child Abuse Every Child is Important: A community based parenting program`
Migrant Resource Centre (North East) Inc Parenting in a New Culture – An Orientation Program
Baptist Community Care, Hawthorn Home-Start Western
Goulburn Valley Family Care Inc Parent – Child Day Stay Program
South Australia
Port Adelaide Central Mission Support and Strength in Families
Anglican Community Care Inc Flying Start
Whyalla Counselling Service & University of South Australia (School of Psychology) Rural and Remote Parenting Support to Preschool and Primary School Age Children
Northern Peninsula Area Women’s Shelter ATSI Corp NPA Intensive Family Support
Sisters Inside Inc Project PEEK (Programs to Enable and Empower Kids)
Anglicare Central Queensland Specialised Early Intervention Parenting Program
Save the Children Fund Queensland Mobile Playscheme
Playgroup Association of Queensland Sing & Grow
Northern Territory
YWCA of Darwin YWCA Palmerston Parenting Support Service
Playgroup Association of the Northern Territory Parenting Through Playgroup
Good Beginnings Australia Good Beginnings Volunteer Home Visiting & Parenting Program (Katherine, Northern Territory)
Western Australia
Victoria Park Youth Accommodation Inc Building Blocks for Stronger Families
Agencies for South West Accommodation Inc Parents Plus
Mofflyn Mofflyn NEWPIN
Geeveston Community Centre Inc Family Support Worker & Early Intervention Parenting Program
Anglicare Tasmania Inc Parenting Support Project (Good Beginnings)
YMCA of Hobart Inc YMCA Early Intervention project
Good Beginnings Australia Good Beginnings Volunteer Home Visiting and Parenting Program (Hobart)
Australia Capital Territory
Marymead Child and Family Centre Parenting Between Cultures II
National Projects
Ngala Family Resource Centre, WA, Queen Elizabeth 11 Family Centre, ACT, Tresillian Family Care Centres, NSW & Victorian Parenting Centre, Tweddle Child & Family Health Service, Vic Strengthening Families by Accurate Assessment of Parenting Skills and Developmental Needs
NAPCAN Australia Family and Community Workshops based on traditional Aboriginal culture
NAPCAN Australia National Child Protection Week Campaign 2-8 September 2001
NAPCAN Australia National Child Protection Week Campaign 1-7 September 2002
Child Abuse Prevention Service Awareness/Intervention/Stronger Families