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Support for children, young people and their families

There are a number of broad reforms occurring in the education, early childhood and disability sectors in NSW which all promote the inclusion of children with disability in mainstream settings. For service providers, the reforms represent a shift in the way that mainstream and specialist support services work together to support the needs of children with disability and their families.

0-8 strategy

The Strengthening supports for children and families 0 to 8 years reform strategy (2013) and Now and into the future (2015) paper are Ageing, Disability and Home Care's (ADHC) commitment to improve and reform the provision of supports for children with disability and their families.

Read more about the 0-8 strategy and 0-8 paper.

Early childhood intervention services

Early childhood intervention services provide a broad range of support for children with disability and their families.

These services support young children and their families to be active members of their community through the provision of therapies, learning and play based activities, and opportunities to interact with peers.

Services also support and empower families through the provision of training, information, referral and support coordination, and help families to develop formal and informal networks.

Early childhood intervention services may be provided in the places in the community that every young child would access, for example preschools and child care settings.

Early childhood intervention programs are encouraged to adopt:

  • family centred approaches
  • collaborative service partnerships
  • inclusive service delivery
  • improved access and culturally appropriate and respectful approaches
  • strengths based approaches.

Early childhood education and care support

Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) refers to universal support and programs provided to children in the years prior to full-time schooling. ECEC is available for all children, and includes non-government and government run preschools, community and local government child care, long day care, family day care and home-based care.

9-18 framework

The Supports for children and young people aged 9 to 18 years and their families: Framework for service providers (PDF) has been developed in recognition of the importance of supporting children and young people with disability and their families during this life stage.

The framework looks at strategies to increase the capacity of mainstream and community services to be accessible, supporting and enabling participation and inclusion.

It also includes ways for service providers to support and build the capacity of children and young people with disability and their families to exercise choice and control, and to be at the centre of decision-making regarding self-directing supports along their journeys to adulthood.

More on the 9-18 framework

Resource guide

The Resource guide contains an overview of ADHC funded supports for children and young people with disability and their families, as well as links and resources that service providers may find useful in applying the 9-18 framework and 0-8 strategy.

Leaving Care Program

The Leaving Care Program supports young people with a disability to transition from the parental responsibility of the Minister for Community Services and to live as independently as possible.

Read more about Leaving Care Program, including transition planning, case management, accommodation support, skills development and mentoring services.

Case studies

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