Services for Children, Young People and Families

Parents and families are central to children’s lives and provide the most powerful influence and primary source of nurturing, support, connection, security, and assistance for children.

The support a family receives from their extended family and community is vital. We need to value parents and give them the support and resources they need to raise children.

This section of the website aims to link families into supports and services within the ACT to enhance and support parental capacity. It also provides people who work with children, links to useful research and best practice websites.

How will we know if we are heading in the right direction?

Useful links to parenting services and resources:

Useful contacts for people working with children

Below is a list of organisations that can assist professionals to keep up to date with local and national information, events and research on children and young people.

Useful links for young people:

The Centenary Hospital for Women and ChildrenExternal link is a new purpose-built facility located on the Canberra Hospital campus that brings together a number of health services that are relevant for children, young people and families.

Social Housing incorporates Public Housing, Community Housing and Affordable Housing, offering low cost housing for people on low and moderate incomes, and/or for groups whose housing needs are not adequately met in other forms of housing.

The Junction Youth Health ServiceExternal link provides free primary health care and support services for young people aged 12 to 25 years and their dependants, with a particular focus on young people who are homeless or otherwise at risk. Services include GPs, a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, paediatric care, antenatal care, a smoking cessation clinic, counselling, youth worker support and outreach programs in schools and to individuals. The Junction supports young people in all aspects of their health and wellbeing and liaises with external health and community services to provide referral, support and advocacy.

youth coalitionExternal link is the peak youth affairs body in the ACT and is responsible for representing the interests of people aged between 12 and 25 years of age, and those who work with them.

Youth InterACTis an ACT Government funded strategy that has a number of programs including Youth Advisory Council, Youth InterACT Grants, Youth InterACT Scholarships, Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards and Youth InterACT Conference.