SRF Program

  • Family Partnership Model

    VEYLDF Alignment

    ​Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Partnerships with professionals.

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Not applicable.


    ​The Family Partnership Model is a ‘relational change’ model that aims to enhance the capacity of parents/carers and practitioners to work together, sustain relationships and develop mutually agreed plans that are relevant and achievable for parents/carers in a variety of contexts.

    Participants will develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in the processes of the evidence-based Family Partnership Model, including engaging and relating well to parents, and effectively supporting them to achieve jointly identified outcomes.

    Learning objectives include:

    • Participants are able to apply the core principles of the Family Partnership Model to their work with families.
    • Participants are able to identify and implement changes in their practice with families to enable more effective and sustained partnerships.

    The provider offers a 5 day foundation course that explores in detail the Family Partnership Model through an experiential and reflective approach, alongside other early childhood professionals.

    Detailed Costs

    ​Foundational Workshop (five days): $22,585 (minimum 9 and maximum of 15 participants);

    $1,550 per person delivered at the Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville. These courses run one day per week over five weeks.

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target population: early years educators and staff working directly in the service with parents and their children.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: this course can be provided in two parts, initially across three days and then as another two days several weeks later. Contact trppivdoer directly to discuss.

     Organisations wishing to host a family partnership course in their region may wish to partner with other organisations to meet minimum numbers.

    All materials are included in the course cost and provided upon commencement.

    Workshops are available in regional and rural locations with associated travel costs varying depending on the location. A detailed quote will be provided for these additional costs, please contact provider directly.   

    Program adaptability: the provider has facilitated the model across

    Australia, and is the lead Australian collaborator with the model’s UK authors. This helps to ensure that quality standards in implementation and training fidelity are maintained. The provider has recently trained medical practitioners to implement the model in Israel.

    The provider acknowledges the experience and expertise that practitioners bring and involves them in interactive learning experiences to extend their knowledge and skills. Practitioners are aksed to reflect on the implications of their learning for practice.

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Implementation model: Provider can deliver training in any Victorian community. The structure and timing of the five-day course can be tailored to meet the specific needs of practitioners. Contact the provider to discuss specific training needs.

    Supervision/coaching: experience has shown the importance of supervision and mentoring support, through a reflective practice approach, for training participants. Provider offers this to small groups and individuals (over the phone).

    Australian experience: the Family Partnership Model and associated training program was developed in the UK and is available throughout Australia, including in metro, regional and rural areas of Victoria.  To be cost-effective and meet minimum numbers, services in rural and regional areas are encouraged to pool funding and choose a suite of workshops.

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 6 – Supported by expert opinion