Brighter Futures supports families going through challenges that are affecting their children.These challenges might be disabilities, mental health issues, drug and alcohol misuse, family violence, or even just the need to work on parenting skills. Sometimes a little extra help is all that’s needed to prevent family problems from growing into stressful or dangerous situations. SDN Brighter Futures is a government-funded voluntary program available to families who have children under nine years old, or who are expecting a child.
What can you expect from Brighter Futures?
Like you, we want to make sure your child gets the best start in life. SDN Brighter Futures promotes healthy child development and family relationships through parenting programs, supported playgroups, home visits and quality children’s services.
If your family joins Brighter Futures, you’ll have an Early Intervention Worker as your main contact. They’ll put you in touch with other members of our organisation, if necessary, depending on which areas of the program you decide to access. Our staff will listen to what you have to say and treat you with respect. Your Early Intervention Worker will keep notes to support their work, but your privacy will always be respected and you can ask to see your file at any time. You’re likely to receive support for about 12 months, but we may work with you for up to two years. If you aren’t happy with any part of the Brighter Futures program, you can make a complaint.
What will Brighter Futures expect from you?
Your first priority is to keep your children safe from harm, with support from your Early Intervention Worker when necessary. If you agree to work with Brighter Futures, you and your Early Intervention Worker will set goals together, and then develop a plan to work toward those goals. The plan will include attending meetings and other activities you have agreed to take part in. Your Early Intervention Worker will provide you with more information about Brighter Futures and answer any questions that you may have about the program.
More information for Brighter Futures referrers is available here.