Fears for at-risk children as protection program altered

A child abuse prevention service will cease to exist as a stand-alone program, raising fears the support it provides to vulnerable families will be lost or watered down.

The Strengthening Families Program, which the former NSW Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward introduced in early 2012, will be absorbed into mainstream child protection services.

The state opposition and Council of Social Service of NSW have raised concerns about any reduction in the early-intervention service saying it provides vital support to prevent the need for children to be removed from at-risk families.

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