Ageing, Disability & Home Care

0 – 8 years strategy

Strengthening supports for children and families 0 to 8 years: Now and into the future

Since the Strengthening supports for children and families 0 to 8 years strategy (0 to 8 Strategy) position paper was released in 2013, a number of new legislative and policy changes are reforming the way people with disability access supports in the future.

In response to this, the Strengthening supports for children and families 0 to 8 years: Now and into the future (PDF) paper was developed in consultation with ADHC District staff, the Expert Advisory Group on Children and Young People, and the 0 to 8 Strategy State-wide Reference Group.

All service providers can use the Strengthening supports for children and families 0 to 8 years: Now and into the future paper as a guide for:

  • reflecting on their progress in working towards the principles of the 0 to 8 Strategy
  • continuing to embed the philosophy into transition planning for the future
  • directing and informing engagement and communication with key stakeholders regarding the ongoing implementation of the reform strategy at the local level
  • service system design as NSW undertakes broader system reforms in the transition to the NDIS.

0 – 8 years strategy

The Strengthening supports for children and families 0 to 8 years reform strategy (0 to 8 Strategy) is Ageing, Disability and Home Care’s (ADHC) commitment under Ready Together to improve and reform the provision of supports for children with disability and their families.

The 0-8 years strategy commenced in September 2012. It was supported by Stronger Together Two investment growth totalling $180 million over five years, providing an additional 11,800 children, family and therapy places to be delivered by the non government sector by 2016.

This was a significant investment in prevention and early intervention for the early years and it recognised the need to develop a sustainable support system for this life stage by enhancing partnerships and linkages between mainstream and specialist services.

In September 2013, ADHC publicly released the Strengthening supports for children and families 0 – 8 years strategy position paper (PDF). The position paper set out the high level strategies to be implemented by FACS Districts in partnership with key stakeholders to achieve the intended outcomes of the 0 to 8 Strategy. In late 2013 ADHC engaged The University of Sydney to review literature relating to the provision of clinical supports to children 0 – 8 years and their families in natural everyday (mainstream) environments that promote inclusion.

Read more about Early intervention support and inclusion for children with disability.

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