The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has invested in a number of parenting initiatives to:
· assist practitioners in their day-to day work,
· gain a better understanding of specific gaps in parenting needs
· provide the sector with networking and training opportunities.
Profiles of Aboriginal Parenting Initiatives
A review conducted by the Parenting Research Centre (PRC) identified that none of the evidenced based programs analysed within the review were specifically developed for or by Aboriginal parents, communities, practitioners or organisations.
As a result FACS consulted with the NSW Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) to review Aboriginal parenting programs as part of the Targeted Earlier Interventions reform. AbSec will develop six case studies of Aboriginal specific parenting programs and identify local approaches for Aboriginal parents, carers and families, and communities that are culturally appropriate.
Support for Level 5 Triple P (parenting program) practitioners
FACS has recently trained Triple P (parenting programs) practitioners in Level 5 Enhanced and Pathways. This is the most intensive level of Triple P, and works with parents of children with child behaviour and family adjustment difficulties, and parents who have anger management issues. These programs are now available for clients of FACS and non-government agencies.
The Resourcing Parents website http://www.resourcingparents.nsw.gov.au/ provides a complete list of organisations that have accredited Triple P practitioners trained in Level 5 Triple P.