Intensive Family Preservation (IFP)
The program is designed to work with families in crisis, whose children or young people are at significant risk of harm to prevent placement in Out-Of-Home Care (OOHC).
How are families referred to the program? / Referral Eligibility
Referrals to the Intensive Family Preservation Program are made from the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ).
Why are families referred to the IFP program?
Improving children’s wellbeing
Keeping children at home in a safe, stable environment
Improving parenting capacity and family functioning
Preventing unnecessary placement in OOHC provided this is consistent with the paramount concern of protecting children from significant harm.
What does the program involve?
Average of up to 12 weeks (3 months) of intensive caseworker support to each family
A further “step down” period (for up to three months) of less intensive, but individually – tailored casework and service assistance.