Child and Family

The Child and Family Project was established as a result of the inquiry into Child Protection and the "Growing them strong together" report. The aim of this project is to build collaborative relationships between the Department of Families and Children and the community sector and together design a new service system which has the capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect by better supporting vulnerable children and families. This project assists in identifying the roles, capacity and resources needed by community organisations. It also builds networks and capacity within the child and family sector. The project started at the beginning of October 2010. . 

Future Events -

 Alice Springs: DCF-NGO engagement meeting still to be confirmed


Child and Family Reports

NTCOSS Report - Child and Family Development Adviser - October 2010 to June 2011

If you wish to know more about the progress of the Child Protection Reform by the Department of Children and Families follow the link:

Workforce and Organisational Capacity,Consultations with DCF funded services 2011


Out of Home Care Forums

Minutes from Out of Home Care Forums - Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek

Minutes from follow-up meetings - Alice Springs 4/10/12 Alice Springs 4/12/12 Darwin 27/11/12

Information Sharing

The changes to the Information Sharing legislation have been introduced on 1 July 2012. The new legislation allows for NGOs, government agencies and foster carers to share information about children and their families in regards to the children’s safety and wellbeing. (Please see the DCF website for more information:

Get trained: NAPCAN has received funding to provide training to NGOs about info sharing. Go to

To implement the new legislation every NGO will have to update their policies and procedures. To assist you in this process NTCOSS has developed a model policy for NGOs which you can download from our website and adjust it to suit you policy and procedures manual. If you need any further assistance with introducing the new legislation into your agency you can get help from NTCOSS. Please ring us on 8948 2665 or email

Model Policy

For record keeping purposes you might want to use a register of information shared 


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