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$5.8 million to help prevent child abuse.



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Hon. Larry Anthony, MP Minister for Community Services

2 February 2001

$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.

A list of successful applications is below.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS FOR EARLY INTERVENTION PARENTING PROJECT GRANTS

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

Victoria

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

Centacare Catholic Family Services Parents Supporting Parents

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

Queensland

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

Tasmania

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

For further information or feedback on this site email us at minister.anthony@facs.gov.au

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