Family Services

  • Newpin 

Newpin is offered as both a Centre-based and Outreach program in the Northern Region, and an Outreach program in the South East and South Western regions.  The programs name is an abbreviation of the longer title New Parent Infant Network, and is a therapeutic program, which is based on a structured, module-based experience.

Entry to the program is via referral through the Tasmanian Gateway System, and is voluntary for clients, however once engaged, clients attending the Centre-based program commit to compulsory attendance two days per week, with optional attendance at the Centre on one of two other days of service.

The program is aimed at breaking intergenerational cycles of disadvantage, poverty and poor parenting.  The modules particularly focus on abuse and neglect.  The program works therapeutically with the parents who are often perpetuating behaviours caused by their own trauma experiences, and through guided modelling behaviours to support parenting skills development.  The program has a strong emphasis on the importance of healthy attachment and bonding between the child and their primary carer.

The Newpin program is intensive and is aimed at parents (particularly mothers) who have been identified as being at risk of intervention by Child Protection Services, or who are already clients of CPS.  The program is of medium to long term duration.

Newpin is funded by DHHS through their Early Years Funding

  • PYPS 

PYPS is the acronym for Pregnant and Young Parent Support, and is a support, education, information and referral service for pregnant women and young parents, aged up to 25 years.  The program runs in the north and south, funded by multiple bodies, and thus having slightly different functions.

Across the three regions, PYPS is funded under the Family Futures contract to deliver case management services for IFSS (Integrated Family Support Service) clients who have been referred to the program via the Tasmanian Gateway System.

PYPS also receives separate funding via Communities for Children to deliver a weekly group, offering parent education, support and peer socialisation for parents and their babies, and non-intensive family support.

Through Uniting Church funding, PYPS offers a weekly support group in Launceston, Ravenswood and Bridgewater, as well as family support, with limited capacity for case management.

UnitingCare Tasmania also provide PYPS support to clients in partnership with Karinya Women’s Shelter, in the Karinya Young Mums and Bubs program, providing parenting support and information to young parents who are independently tenanted through Karinya’s housing support.

The PYPS program partners statewide with a registered training organisation, who provide training opportunities in the areas of Community Services and Business as well as offering one on one career pathway planning with clients.

  • Newpin on the Inside/Parents on the Inside

This is an intensive and therapeutic parenting program for parents who are incarcerated.  The program delivers a modified version of Newpin, with a module-based curriculum that supports inmates to remain actively engaged with their child/ren, during the period of their incarceration, supporting them and their family with access and transitioning to reunification on release.  Currently the program is offered in a group delivery mode, however recent evaluations have demonstrated the value in moving to a more one to one style of delivery in line with changing sentencing and incarceration modes, reflecting the need for varied engagement with the program, dependent on sentence-duration, and recognising the value of the program for different clients at different stages within their incarceration.

  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) supports grandparents and kinship carers who are the primary carers of their grandchildren.  The program offers family support, advocacy, information and referral services to grandparent and kinship families in the North West and South of Tasmania.  The program includes support groups and social events as needed for local families throughout the year, conducted in partnership with a range of local sponsors, including local Uniting Church congregations and community service clubs.

  • Rural Outreach Support

The Rural Outreach worker offers case-managed support to families in the Central Highlands and Southern Midlands.  In partnership with the Department of Rural Health and Communities for Children, the support worker delivers the program through relationship building, and service coordination to families, providing support, information and advocacy services.  The services include outreach visits, counselling and case management, all of which meet critical needs in this socially isolated region.

  • Family Resource Centre/Library

Currently a non-funded entity that the agency is able to continue to support with limited resources, the Family Resource Centre and Library remains a valuable community resource, with a range of parenting, mental health and personal wellbeing books, games and DVDs available for short term loan to members of the public.  The space extends across two rooms, the second of which offers a secure, child-friendly room for parents to use in the CBD, offering a warm space to sit quietly, to rest, breastfeed or change their baby.

  • Pathway Home

Pathway Home is a family reunification program delivered in partnership with Child Protection Services.  The program works with families whose children have been removed into Out Of Home Care, and who Child Protection have identified as suitable candidates to work towards reunification, on either a fulltime care, or access basis.

In most cases, the parents are working towards successful management of addictions and substance abuse, mental health issues and are often overcoming the perpetuation or effects of family violence, abuse and neglect.  Our workers support the parents as they work towards healthy behaviours and parenting, tailored to the individual needs of each family concerned, supporting them every step of the way as they transition into reunification.