Child and family centres—parents as partners in co-design and delivery of services

Parents as partners in place based initiatives
Friday 27 July, 1135 – 1155


M’Lynda Stubbs
Department of Education

This presentation will share lessons from the deliberate and conscious engagement and partnership with families in the co-design and delivery of the Child and Family Centres (CFCS) in Tasmania. The CFCS aim to improve the health and wellbeing, education and care of Tasmania’s very young children by supporting families, strengthening communities and enhancing accessibility of services in local communities. Their development and implementation required cultural change strategies based on a strengths-based approach to co-design and deliver services, and a shared understanding of community assets and challenges to ensure services were responsive and appropriate, to meet the needs of local families.
In particular, this presentation will outline the key success features of planning, implementing and sustaining CFCS as places where families are now reporting they feel supported to access services in an environment of trust and respect.