The Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) is a key part of Australian Government investment in targeted services to support vulnerable children and their families.
The Department of Social Services funded IFSS in response to the 2010 Report of the Board Inquiry into the Child Protection System in the Northern Territory: Growing them Strong, Together: Promoting the safety and wellbeing of the Northern Territory’s children (the Bath Report). At that time, the Australian Government committed to boost measures to protect children from neglect and abuse in the Northern Territory.
IFSS was introduced as one component of a package of supports to help the most vulnerable families make positive changes to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of their children.
The Department of Social Services funds the Parenting Research Centre (as well as the Australian Centre for Child Protection and the Australian Childhood Foundation) to support the establishment and ongoing effective delivery of IFSS by multiple provider agencies across a number of service delivery areas in the Northern Territory.
The implementation support described on this website is provided by the Parenting Research Centre.
Read more about the role of the Parenting Research Centre in supporting the implementation of IFSS.