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How will Building Capacity, Building Bridges achieve practice change?

Practice change can only be made by practitioners, who have the power to change the way their clients experience the service system. Practice change is hard, especially when working with clients with multiple and complex needs, and it takes time.

While practitioners are key to changing practice, they often cannot do it alone. Program funders, CEOs and managers can support practice change by explicitly making it part of their service role. Practitioners can be supported to apply new skills through training and coaching.  

The BCBB team will work in partnerships with organisations and professionals within each site to support and resource them to achieve practice change.

What do organisations involved with the Building Capacity, Building Bridges (BCBB) trial receive?

Adult-focused services providing alcohol and other drug, housing, domestic violence or mental health services can:

Professionals within adult-focused and child and family focused services can:

What are the costs of being involved in Building Capacity, Building Bridges (BCBB)?

Who is eligible to become involved with Building Capacity, Building Bridges?

Services for adult clients experiencing addictions, homelessness, domestic violence or mental illness or services for children, parents and families who provide services to clients living within one of 12 specified Communities for Children or Communities for Children Plus geographic areas:

What are Communities for Children (CFC)?

Communities for Children is a Commonwealth Government initiative funded through the Department of Families, Housing, Communities and Indigenous Affairs, Family Support Program.

It is a prevention and early intervention strategy for families with children up to 12 years of age who are at risk of disadvantage and who may be disconnected from childhood services in communities with high levels of disadvantage.

Communities for Children Plus strengthens the existing CFC model within the objectives of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children.

In each CFC site, a key local non-government organisation is appointed as the Facilitating Partner for the site. The Facilitating Partner is responsible for establishing and maintaining a Communities for Children Committee.

The Committee is made up of community members and service users, business, research and academic representatives as well as representatives from the non-government sector, and state and local government.

With the guidance of this Committee, Facilitating Partners are also responsible for:

The aims of the initiative are to:

What is the role of Communities for Children Coordinators?

Communities for Children (CFC) are both host and participant in the Building Capacity, Building Bridges (BCBB) trial.

The BCBB Team will work in partnership with CFC Coordinators to strengthen collaboration between child and family-focused services and adult-focused services. These activities will provide additional support to Communities for Children to achieve their goal of joined up responses to families with children at risk. It is not anticipated that the BCBB project would pose any additional responsibility on Facilitating Partners or provide additional funding to Facilitating Partners to undertake this role.

CFC Coordinators have supported the trial through:

CFC Coordinators have participated in facilitated workshops to assist sites to identify goals and develop strategies that will strengthen collaboration.

They will be able to access Australian Centre for Child Protection resources (eg further facilitation, administrative support, research and practice materials) and apply for BCBB micro-grants to support collaborative activities (training, travel costs).

CFC Coordinators will also be supported to attend national meetings to share in promising practices across CFC sites that are strengthening collaborative activities between child- and family-focused and adult-focused services.

CFC will further benefit as it is anticipated that Child and Family Sensitive Practice training for adult services will support CFC to achieve their goal of joined up responses to families with children at risk.