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Report – back Seminar “Early Interventionâ€‌ in Family and Pre-school Children Services

Mar 21, 2016




Report – back Seminar “Early Intervention” in Family and Pre-school Children Services. - “Actualization of the Spirits of IFSC – Learning from the Australian Experience”. By Angela Chiu Centre Supervisor Western District IFSC The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council 20.3.2006. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Report back SeminarEarly Intervention in Family and Pre-school Children Services- Actualization of the Spirits of IFSC Learning from the Australian ExperienceBy Angela ChiuCentre SupervisorWestern District IFSCThe Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council20.3.2006

  • 1. The Australian National Agenda for Early ChildhoodGovernment commitment to developing a National Agenda for Early ChildhoodConsultation showed broad support for development of a National Agenda for Early Childhood across the areas:Early child and maternal healthEarly learning and careChild friendly communitiesSupporting families and parentingImproving outcomes for Indigenous childrenWorking together

  • What is the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy?Four Initiatives:Communities for Children - $142.4mInvest To Grow - $70.5mLocal Answers - $137mChoice and Flexibility in Child Care - $125.3m

  • Communities for Children45 sites (communities) across Australia$142.4m over four years of funding per siteAims to help young children, their families and the broader community.

  • Five priority areas:Healthy young familiesSupport for families and parentsEarly learning and developmentChild friendly communitiesFamily and childrens services work effectively as a system

  • Key features:A new way for Government to provide funding to communities:Place basedCommunity drivenBuilding community and community capacityTop-down, Bottom-upCollaborative governance / tight-loose controlEarly intervention, prevention and promotion

  • Role of Facilitating PartnersBring the community together to talk about local issues that affect young children;Establish a Communities for Children Committee;Engage community leaders;Engage existing service providers;Promote, integrate & coordinate effort;

  • Role of Facilitating Partners (cont)Build partnerships with local business;Work with early childhood experts;Manage funding; andReport to Government.

  • Examples of activities and servicesHome visitingEarly learning and literacyPlaygroupsParenting programs and family support servicesBoosting social inclusion and peer support for parents of young children.Child nutrition programs

  • Three major components: Family Counselling UnitFamily Resource UnitTreatment-orientedSupporting families at risk (practical, emotional & training support)Open, development & preventiveFamily Support UnitIntegrated Family Service Centre (IFSC)

  • 2. Overview of IFSC - HKObjectivesTo provide range of preventive, development, supportive, remedial services to enhance functions of individuals and familiesTo preserve and strengthen family as a unit build up supportive/caring communityTo identify problem early, provide early interventions to assist people in disadvantaged situations so as to help them to cope with crisis, regain self-resilience and restore functioning

  • Overview of IFSC HK (cont)PrinciplesAccessibilityEarly IdentificationIntegrationPartnership

  • Overview of IFSC HK (cont)Spirit of IFSCChild-centeredFamily-focusedCommunity-based

  • 3. Actualization of the Spirits of IFSCEarly InterventionEarly identification of needsEarly intervention in terms of childrens early yearsFill in service group of children servicesFulfill the spirit of child-centeredEfforts paid on enhancing parental functions for the benefit of children

  • Actualization of the Spirits of IFSC (cont)Community BasedIt takes a community to raise a childCreating a caring community for children with different stakeholders in the community, e.g. Child Care Institutions, ICYC, schools and local peoples, etc.Community Education and Community Participation