Deadly Families Project

Deadly Families Project

Deadly Families is a culturally responsive, early intervention and prevention program (for Aboriginal Mum’s and/or Dad’s), designed to target risk factors associated with child protection notifications and interventions.

Referrals can be made at any time for families who are at risk of child protection interventions or justice involvement OR already involved with the justice system and/or child protection interventions.


Deadly Families will develop the capacity of parents, improve their parenting and life skills, promote positive outcomes for participants and their families and encourage healthy, connected, strong, safe relationships with their children through individualised, holistic, cultural and social support to actively assist both men and women who are:

  • At risk of having children removed from the family to out of home care and are seeking to reduce the risk of removal
  • Who have children that have already been removed from the family & placed in out of home care AND
  • Who want to have their children restored to their care OR
  • Assistance with re-establishing contact and/or reunification with their children.

Deadly Families will equip parents with the skills, knowledge and support to reduce their level of risk and involvement with FACS, successfully shape their own futures, navigate life’s challenges, begin their journeys of healing and empower participants to take responsibility for their individual development to thrive and become the best parents they can be.

Deadly Families Staff will provide;
  • Intensive, practical, individualised and targeted support through specialist, culturally responsive practical support, case management, referral and advocacy
  • 8 week parenting education program to develop parenting skills in a culturally safe space including healing centred engagement strategies
  • Active support and encourage positive engagement when dealing with DCJ (FACS)
  • Strengthen connections to Aboriginal identity, culture, country, family and community
  • Creation of a circle of care to provide support to the parent/s and family for as long as required
  • Culturally safe activities to increase connection and improve relationships with children.
  • Aboriginality (person/parent being referred)
  • Living in (or connection to) the City of Sydney / Inner West LGA
  • At least one child aged between 0-5 years (or pregnant with an expected delivery date of 6 weeks or less from date of referral)
  • FACS / Department of Communities & Justice involvement
  • Priority will be given to parents with current or historical out of home care/justice system involvement.