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The Forecasting Future Outcomes: Stronger Communities Investment Unit 2018 Insights Report defined six vulnerable groups.

Following the release of this report, the Their Futures Matter Implementation Board endorsed the creation of a coordinated state-wide cross-agency strategy for the following two population groups:

  • Vulnerable young children aged 0-5 years
  • Vulnerable children and young people affected by mental illness

We are focusing on strategies for these two population groups as they have the potential to deliver the greatest social returns from investment, as well as alignment with current government policy initiatives, i.e. the First 2000 Days Framework, and the Commonwealth and NSW Mental Health Strategy.

We are now working in partnership will all human services agencies to design and develop integrated solutions that will support children and young people in these two groups.

Our Kids NSW

Our Kids WNSW is a joint project between Western NSW Local Health District (WNSW LHD) and the NSW Stronger Communities Investment Unit to develop a regional multi-agency model of care which extends the NSW Health First 2000 Days Strategy to include social care for vulnerable children and families in Western NSW.

The project vision is to develop a practical, scaleable model of care within a collaborative commissioning process to support improved outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

The work will be informed by extensive conversations with community, service providers, peaks and the cross-government representatives to ensure that children and families are at the centre of the work and that we leverage data and evidence to achieve measurable benefits for individuals and the system now and into the future.

Vulnerable children and young people affected by mental illness

We are partnering with the Ministry of Health to establish a collaborative commissioning process for this vulnerable population group. Strategies will be designed in partnership and implemented in a Local Health District pilot site.