Thriving Families – Collaborating to support vulnerable young families to thrive
DESIGNING A SOLUTION TO HELP VULNERABLE YOUNG FAMILIES THRIVE
For some young parents, the presence of pre-existing risk factors and disadvantage combined with their age increases their
It is difficult to change the trajectory of vulnerable young families due to the need to address multiple layers of disadvantage in parallel with the challenges of raising a child. These challenges are compounded by the stigma many young parents face, which can lead to a reluctance to engage with services.
The goal of the Thriving Families NSW project was to deliver a uniquely person-centred, wraparound service for rapid deployment to support vulnerable young families to thrive, delivering measurable positive outcomes for parents and child.
The Strategy Group facilitated a design-led process through three phases in partnership with Their Futures Matter,
“The challenge set for us wasn’t easy, but thanks to The Strategy Group we were able to
repidly generate ideas and turn the, into real-life solutions that will help young families”
–Tahn O’Brien, Director, Their Futures Matter
Collaborating to understand and address all perspectives
The Strategy Group partnered with Their Futures Matter using a design-led approach to address the complex challenge. The foundation was a three-perspective approach: capturing the voice of vulnerable young families, engaging both
Over nine short weeks, we challenged stakeholders to work in small cross-agency teams, pooling their expertise
Focus groups with client representatives ensured that workshop outcomes aligned with the perspectives of vulnerable young families.
A new network of support for vulnerable young families
Through the series of collaborative workshops and client voice focus groups, a detailed service has been designed which is measurable and has
The detailed service design was approved for implementation by the Their Futures Matter Implementation Board and a location-based trial has begun.
“The highly interactive consultation with stakeholders from government agencies, non-government organisations, and client representatives ensured that we were able to meet the challenge of designing effective solutions for vulnerable young families.”
–Alexandra Hallen, Manager Cohort Analysis & Design, Their Futures Matter
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