You may not be aware, but Fams is celebrating its 40th year in 2021.

Now, as ever, the health and wellbeing of the children, young people, families and communities you work with in NSW, remain our focus and the reason for our existence.

The Fams Principles in Practice are not new. Previous Fams teams, over 40 years, have worked on, revised and continued to make relevant principles that guide the practice of family and community work.

This version of the principles has now been updated to mark this important anniversary for Fams.

However, the hard work and development of the principles must be credited to those who have gone and come before us. Those who have done the consulting and the co-design and development.

You may remember the principles in the large orange and white folders as a training manual for family work and the visual cards that accompanied the resource.

Over the last year, the current Fams team have adapted the six principles and descriptors. They have changed little over time because they are still relevant. But we now have a tool that is only a few pages long and includes performance measures that can be collected and collated to show your contribution to the positive outcomes of the children, young people, families and communities you work with.

Each principle does not work in isolation. Acknowledging that practice crosses over several domains, and the principles that guide that work, is evidence of good practice.

We will take you through these principles and highlight the ways you can apply them in your work.

Should you wish, after seeing this video, to dive into this work deeper, or have support in applying these principles across your organisation, please do not hesitate to contact Fams.

The Six Principles in Practice include:

  • Children and families should be safe.
  • Children and families receive services that are flexible and responsive to their needs.
  • Children and families can access services embedded in their community.
  • Children and family’s growth and development is enhanced by research supported practice.
  • Children and family’s social, cultural, racial and linguistic identities are affirmed and strengthened.
  • Children and families work together with services in relationships based on trust and respect.

Head to the links below for more information on our revised Principles in Practice tool.