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Working in Partnership with Families

There was a special event held today to celebrate the success of the Family Partnership Model (FPM) in Tasmania, in particular highlighting what the Model is helping us to achieve across our schools.

Within the context of the Department of Education, the Family Partnership Model has been used to facilitate and strengthen partnerships between school staff and families to achieve positive outcomes in relation to children with disability.

In 2014, the Tasmanian Government commissioned a Ministerial Taskforce into Students with Disability, and one of the key recommendations was to ensure all Tasmanian schools and communities work together in partnership. In response to this, the Department has delivered the Family Partnership Model since 2016 and today’s event launched a booklet and short video highlighting the success this program is having across a number of Tasmanian Government schools.

Minister at the Family Partnership Model launch

It is an innovative, evidence-based model of the helping process and an internationally recognised approach to partnership practice, co-authored by Dr Crispin Day from the Centre for Parenting and Child Support at Guy’s Hospital in London. We were privileged to have Dr Day at today’s event to see how we are implementing the Model in the Tasmanian context. It is achieving positive outcomes in relation to children with disability, child mental health difficulties, learning and educational difficulties, and families experiencing multiple stresses and complex psychosocial difficulties.

FPM training has been delivered in Tasmania since 2016, with the program designed collaboratively with the Department of Education for schools (through the Professional Learning Institute), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI – Melbourne) and the Centre for Parenting and Child Support – UK (CPCS).

The Family Partnership Model diagram

To date, a total of 92 DoE schools, libraries and Child and Family Centres have engaged in Family Partnership professional learning with a total of 312 participants. Strong partnerships have also been developed with Child and Health Parenting Service (CHaPS) and Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), with 32 CHaPS and 29 ECEC staff participating in the FPM.

The strength of creating a more connected approach across agencies is a powerful way of building and developing partnership relationships with each other and families in support of our children.

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