Family and Children's Services provides families and individuals with access to the following:
- Intgerated Family Services; and
- Maternal and Child Health
Integrated Family Services (Parenting, Counselling, Support)
The Family Services program is to assist children, young people and families. When change is necessary for a child's development and growth, we support positive steps toward long term change.
Council provides a free service to families living within Mansfield Shire with children aged from birth to 18 years using funding from the State Government.
Families can access the service directly by contacting Centra Hume Child FIRST on 1800 705 211.
The team works alongside families to:
- Strengthen and support the family unit
- Assist families to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children
- Offer strategies and support for managing challenging childhood bahviours
- Assist families to organise their time and resources, including budgeting and household management
- Encourage families to adopt healthy lifestyle choices
- Provide emotional support during challenging times
- Integrate families with community social supports
- Advocate on behalf of families
- Refer to appropriate specialist services
- Working collaboratively with existing family supports
- Provide case coordination services
- Assist families to access kindergarten and schooling
Available by appointment only by phoning (03) 5775 8603 Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00am – 5.00pm.
The Quality Policy of Mansfield Shire Council - Integrated Family Services is to provide a high quality, professional and efficient service to ensure the satisfaction of all of the requirements of our clients and other stakeholders. Mansfield Shire Council and Integrated Family Services is committed to continuing improvement of its services.
Maternal and Child Health
The Maternal and Child Health Service is a service jointly funded by the Victorian State Government and Mansfield Shire Council.
The Maternal Child Health Service is designed to give parents support, advice and information about Child and Family health issues and monitor growth, health, development and behaviour in children. The service provides a comprehensive and focused approach to the promotion of physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of families in the Mansfield community.
Enhanced home visiting is also available for parents and children with special needs or other issues.
Maternal Child Health Nurses hold qualifications in general Nursing, Midwifery and Maternal and Child Health and Community Health.
There is no cost for these services and they are available to anyone with a child 0-6 years. The Centre is situated at 10 Davies Street, Mansfield.
For further information and to book an appointment, phone the Maternal and Child Health Nurse on (03) 5775 8537 between the following times:
9.30am – 12.00pm
1.30pm – 4.00pm
Better Communities for Children Leadership Network (BCFCLN)
The Better Communities for Children Leadership Network (BCFCLN) is an innovative network of local and regional leaders.
The network is comprised of early year’s services and childhood services that formulate and deliver a Child and Family Wellbeing Strategic Plan for the Mansfield Shire.
Mansfield Shire Council works with partners to create an integrated plan that improves health, safety, wellbeing and social belonging of all children between 0-12 years of age.
The planning cycle follows and is informed by the statutory Municipal Public and Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 - 7.59MB PDF.
The BCFCLN set up a website with a list of services available to families living in Mansfield Shire called the 'Mansfield Family and Children's Services Directory'