Contact is a leading Australian organisation helping to address the impacts of isolation for children, families and communities, was launched over three deaced ago in 1979 as the follow-on initiative from the International Year of the Child.
Contact serves the community by working across all child, family and children’s sectors, providing service delivery in ways that best fit local child and family need.
Working in urban, as well as rural and remote communities throughout Australia, Contact’s utilises it’s extensive networks, experience and established strategies to
designs and deliver: - Innovative professional and resourcing programs to skill the community and its services;
- Offer specifically developed supports, referrals;
- Develop creative solutions that are responsive to locally identified needs for rural and remote communities.
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Isolated children, families and communities have access to the relevant supports resources, information and service to best meet their needs, irrespective of their locality and circumstances.
Contact has unique expertise in providing information and support pathways to people caring for children in isolated circumstances. Contact serves the community by working with parents, carers and children’s services agencies to relieve disadvantage and isolation, irrespective of race, creed or religion.
Contact fosters an environment for staff and community partners that is non discriminatory and respectful, encouraging collaboration, innovation, creativity , responsiveness and diligence.
Consistent with emerging global consensus, Contact provides holistic programs in the community, which focus on children, are respectful of communities, are inclusive of families and other caregivers and are sustainable to seek to overcome isolation and increase the social cohesion of communities particularly in remote areas characterised by long-term deprivation.
International evidence suggests that investment in high quality early education and early interventions are most effective and efficient in the early years of a child’s life.
Contact recognises that this is the smartest investment Australia can make and we aim to provide professional develop to support high quality early education and implement appropriate interventions for children aged 0-5 years in partnership with families and their communities.