Mar 21, 2016
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