Child FIRST (Family Information Referral and Support Team) aims to provide support to families by improving their ability and resources to cope with difficult times.
The primary purpose of Child FIRST is to ensure that children, young people and their families are linked effectively into all relevant services.
In 2005, the Victorian Government introduced the Children, Youth and Families Act to better meet the needs of vulnerable children and their families.
The new Act directs family services to work with families in line with the new legislation along with Child Protection.
All referrals that are now made to family services are directed through Child FIRST. Professionals may refer on behalf of the child or family to help assist them in accessing family services.
Child FIRST is delivered in partnership with other family services organisations and relevant levels of government. Connections’ has agreements with a number of partner organisations to provide specialist services.