Early intervention key for kids to thrive
Shining a light on the life-changing work of Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) programs for children and young people is at the centre of a state-wide campaign launched by the NSW Government today.
Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones said the spotlight on TEI campaign promotes the vital role these services have on strengthening communities, and supporting the wellbeing and safety of children, young people and families.
“This campaign is about highlighting the great work of early support services and has the potential to strengthen practices right across NSW,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.
“The NSW Government is committed to giving children and young people the support they need for a brighter future. This is an important step towards achieving the Premier’s Priority of protecting our most vulnerable children and increasing permanency for children in out-of-home.”
In 2020-21, TEI services were delivered by 481 service providers in 1,469 different locations across NSW, to more than 830,000 clients.
CEO of Weave Youth & Community Services, based on Gadigal Land in Inner Sydney, Siobhan Bryson said they continue to see the success TEI is having for children, young people and families in their program.
"Weave has a 46-year track record of providing responsive support and services designed with and for our community,” Ms Bryson said.
“With over 70 per cent of people accessing services from Weave being Aboriginal people, we have a commitment to provide early intervention support that is flexible, culturally safe, and healing-centred. This is key to empowering people to change their lives and keeping families together.”
The campaign comes off the back of positive findings from the first annual report on the TEI program.
“The 2020-21 report revealed the positive impact TEI is having on families and communities, with the majority of clients reporting they are happy with services received,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.
“This campaign will help build on these outcomes, so children and families get the support they need to grow and thrive.”
The campaign will run for 12 months. Find out more about TEI programs.