Empower Families

Empower Families is an initiative of Bridging the Gap
A COMMUNITIES FOR CHILDREN INITIATIVE

Empower Families is an initiative of Bridging the Gap. It is one of 7 CfC (Communities for Children) Community Partners in Kwinana (KEYS, CLANWA, RED CROSS, RELATIONSHIPS AUSTRALIA, NOONGAR SPORTS, Bridging the Gap, ASETTS (association for services to torture and trauma survivors). CfC is a DSS project, facilitated by The Smith Family.

The CfC objectives are:

  • Healthy young families- supporting parents to care for their children before and after birth and throughout the early years.
  • Supporting families and parents- support for parents to provide children with secure attachment, consistent discipline and quality environments that are stable, positive, stimulating, safe and secure.
  • Early learning- provide access to high quality early learning opportunities in the years before school; provide early identification and support for children at risk of developmental and behavioural problems; assist parents with ways they can stimulate and promote child development and learning from birth.
  • School transition and engagement- support children and families to make a smooth transition to school and work with local schools to assist children and families with their ongoing engagement with school

  • To create strong child-friendly communities that understand the importance of children and apply this capacity to maximise the health, well-being and early development of young children at the local level.

  • Consultation and supporting data have identified the need in Kwinana for:
  • An outreach strategy to engage with families who are ‘hard to reach’, to empower them to support each other to access services.
  • For service providers to strengthen their collaboration, especially with organisations who currently support children and families who are ‘hard to reach’, and
  • For service providers to develop, and enhance the appropriateness and accessibility of their service delivery.
  • Empower Families

  • Empower Families and RED CROSS are the two ENGAGEMENT programs in the Kwinana CfC (Communities for Children). Empower Families is universal; RED CROSS is purely for indigenous engagement.
  • Empower Families is a mobile service. We can come to schools, do home visits, meet in café’s etc.
  • We are available for disadvantaged families in Kwinana with children under 12.
  • Empower Families is a ONE STOP SHOP for schools and outreach services that are interacting with families that need additional support.
  • How we Work

    • Empower Families receive referral (referral form) from you with the family’s permission to be contacted.
    • We contact the family and arrange a meeting, either in their home, at the school or in our office (Bridging the Gap)
    • We work on an action plan with the family, highlighting specific needs and then connect those needs with appropriate services.
    • We facilitate referrals to other services and manage engagement with them.