The Cottage service for highly disadvantaged children in Fitzroy: a review

Children Child poverty Poverty Australia

An evaluation of the Cottage Centre for Families and Children which served inner-Melbourne families with young children shows that it was an effective model for assisting families with complex needs. Defining principles included early intervention, considering the child in the context of family and community; and treating parents as expert partners. Children benefited in all areas of development, while parents showed improved self-esteem, trust and skills in accessing services. This in turn improved parent-child relationships and reduced families’ social isolation—both essential for wellbeing and eventual independence.

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