Like you, we want the best for your child

SDN Children’s Services has been looking after the wellbeing of Australian children for more than 100 years. We know that in order to thrive, children need strong families, so we work with you so that no matter what your situation, you can do the best for your child.

We work in partnership with families as a trusted adviser for the wellbeing not just of their children but of the whole family.

We work with your strengths

We know from research that the most important thing we can do for the wellbeing of your child is to strengthen the connection that you have with them. We start with the belief that you know your child best and work alongside you to bring out your strengths as a parent. We also connect you with the supports that are available in your community so the changes you make will carry on into the future.

When you join SDN’s Brighter Futures we will support you to recognise and develop your strengths as a parent, so that you can focus on becoming the best parent you can be.

Working in partnership for change

Brighter Futures is a short term program. We work with families for an average of 12 months and up to 18 months. During this time we will work with you to strengthen your support network so when you exit the program your family is adequately supported and you can continue to keep your children safe.

For our partnership to be successful we need you to:

  • Trust us to work alongside you and deliver positive changes for you and your family
  • Be honest and open with us about your challenges

Once you agree to work with our Brighter Futures program, we will develop a Family Partnership agreement that sets the foundation and the focus of our work together. We will work with you and your support network (family village) to create a unique program that is focused on your family goals. The projects we work on will provide you with the skills to continue achieving success long after you leave the program.

The program will include strengthening your parenting skills through attachment-based parenting programs, which could be delivered one-to-one or in a group. Throughout the program your first priority will always be to keep your children safe from harm. We will support you with this.

SafeCare pilot program

SDN is excited to be a part of the pilot to deliver the SafeCare program in NSW. Participation in this program is by invitation only, and comes in addition to you being a part of Brighter Futures. Learn more about SafeCare here.

How are we funded?

SDN Brighter Futures is funded by The Department of Communities and Justice.

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