Strengthening Families Program consultation 2009: A report prepared for the Department of Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs


This report presents the results of a consultation conducted by the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) on behalf of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) with services and organisation in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD), family support (FS), and child protection (CP) sectors about directions for a refocused Strengthening Families Program funded under the National Illicit Drug Strategy (NIDS). The consultation involved two parts: an online survey open to interested parties working in the AOD, FS, or CP sectors and structured telephone interviews with key nationally focused bodies in the AOD, FS, and CP sectors. It was designed to focus on collecting views about the most appropriate service models, programs and investments that could be made within the context of two new initiatives, the Family Support Program (FSP) and the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children which informs the new policy direction of the Strengthening Families Program and the existing funding allocation. Information from 171 respondents from the survey and six phone interviews was analysed. This analysis indicated that most respondents work for not-for-profit organisations which are part of larger organisations that provide multiple services (Executive summary, edited).

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