The CaPSS parenting support program is funded by the Australian Government aimed to strengthen family relationships, reduce family breakdown, and increase family connection to and participation in community activities.CaPSS Practitioners work alongside parents enabling and empowering them to identify their parenting needs and to create opportunities for change through the use of practical evidence based parenting strategies.
CaPSS works with families who have children from birth to 12 years old and who live within our service areas.CaPSS has some capacity and flexibility to work with parents and adolescent children, up to the age of 18 years, where there are younger children in the family.CaPSS is not a clinical or therapeutic service and does not undertake assessments of a parent’s capacity to fulfil their parenting role.
CaPSS focuses on building skills with parents that foster great connections within families through education, communication and interaction.
CaPSS offers 3 key areas of support parents and families:
- Individual 1:1 Parenting Support (tailored support to help improve your parenting skills and achieve your best parenting goals)
- Group Work (including playgroups, school holiday programs and evidence based group programs for parents and children)
- Community Development (supporting parents and families to feel comfortable to participate in community life and to reduce risk of isolation)
CaPSS Practitioners can also support parents to develop and implement routines for individual children to the whole family as requested.
CaPSS is available to families of children aged 0 - 12 years.
The program is delivered within the Australian Government’s Families and Communities Program and works with parents through the delivery of group parenting programs, facilitated peer-to-peer support activities and individualised sessions for parents who may require additional support.
The service aims to increase parental knowledge and skills through parenting programs that connect to four key areas, including:
- Positive parenting
- Links to Learning
- Healthy Family Lifestyles
- Keeping Children Safe
Through these key areas we seek to increase a parent’s knowledge and understanding to support their children’s development and learning, helping their children through school transitions and connecting into their children’s learning, positively managing behaviours, understanding healthy family lifestyle and providing safe environments for their children.
We build connections to community through partnerships that allow us to add our parenting programs onto other child focused programs such as homework clubs, playgroups and community health services. We take a strengths based approach to work with parents and to support them to increase enjoyment in their parenting role and maintain positive relationships with their children.