Child FIRST (Child and Family Information Referral and Support Team) provides support and assistance to vulnerable children, young people and their families where there are concerns about the wellbeing of the child or young person.
Factors which affect a child's safety, stability or development include:
- significant parenting problems that may be affecting the child's development
- serious family conflict, including family breakdown
- families under pressure due to a family member's physical or mental illness, substance abuse, disability or bereavement
- young, isolated and/or unsupported families
- significant social or economic disadvantage that may adversely impact on a child's care or development.
Each Child FIRST provides a central referral point to a range of community-based family services and other supports within each of the Child FIRST catchment areas.
You can contact your local Child FIRST or you can be referred.
- Family support
- Health service referral
- Accommodation referral
Anyone in Victoria
How to access
Anyone with a concern for a child or family can make a referral to Child FIRST. Referrals can be made for vulnerable children, young people (0–17 years) and their families, including families with an unborn child.
Call 1300 721 383
Visit the Department of Health & Human Services website for more information.
The National Relay Service (NRS) is available to help callers with a hearing or speech impairment. For:
The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) is available, 24 hours 7 days a week, to callers who are not confident in English. Call 131 450
9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Calls are free from landlines.
Calls from mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate.