Closing the Gap - Northern Territory - Early childhood

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Key Elements

The Australian Government will provide $1.5 million over three years to expand four existing early childhood and family support projects in the Northern Territory. These projects will include parenting skills, addressing family and child violence, child development and well being and linking families with other services such as housing, health and education.

This measure is part of the Supporting Families component of Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory.  It relates to strategic priorities in closing the gap targets for Indigenous people.  Early childhood and children’s and family support services provide an ongoing opportunity for young children and their families to be in regular contact with people who are trained to identify and deal appropriately with cases of neglect and abuse.

The measure is being implemented in consultation with the Department of Health and Ageing, the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations and is aligned with other Closing the Gap measures to ensure an integrated approach to the implementation and delivery of early childhood and parenting assistance.

Background

These early childhood and family support projects have demonstrated success in supporting vulnerable Indigenous families to address complex issues such as substance abuse and family violence.  Approximately 360 Indigenous children and their families will be assisted.  

The Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services Inc is providing services in a number of high needs locations across the Northern Territory.  Core of Life’s ‘Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding and Early Parenting program, Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation Child Nutrition program and Let’s Start – Exploring Together for Indigenous Preschools are also delivered under the Family Support Program.

Implementation

The measure builds on existing projects with funding to continue to June 2012.  Funding agreements will be extended with the existing service providers.

Total Government Funding

$1.5 million over three years.

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