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Placement Prevention Services

Aims to minimise family conflict and youth homelessness by providing innovative youth and family friendly responses to young people who are experiencing difficulty living at home.

Stronger families

The Stronger Families program is an intensive case management program for families where a child is being removed from the family home under a protective order, for the first time. The program's ultimate goal is to prevent children being removed from the home, and parental care, due to protective concerns. The Stronger Families program achieves this by allocating a highly skilled case worker to engage the family and understand their needs. A strong alliance is built between the family, Barwon Child, Youth & Family caseworker, and Child Protection.

The Stronger Families program is for twelve months, and in that time all three parties will work on the immediate needs of the family, the obligation set under Child Protective orders, and very importantly, the therapeutic needs of the family.

Barwon Child, Youth & Family aims to support families to work on the deeper systemic issues which place the children at risk. Typically this involves supporting care givers and children to manage the effects of previous traumatic events. Referrals to this program are always arranged through the allocated Child Protection.For further information please contact Barwon Child, Youth & Family on ph: (03) 5222 6911

Finding solutions

Helping families and young people (10-18 years) resolve conflict as an alternative to out-of-home care in Greater Geelong and Colac via Colac Area Health.