The Dad’s Family Support Worker
The Dad’s program is currently funded through the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Aboriginal Child and Youth Family strategy (ACYFS) and is delivered by an Aboriginal Family Support worker who is accredited in Aboriginal Family Health and First Aid, and has completed courses through the Education Centre Against Domestic Violence (ECAV).The program incorporates the Boori Swim program, the Safe Booris Program, the Dads Parenting Program. The Boori Swim, water safety and bonding sessions promotes fathers as positive role models. It gives the children aged 2-6 years confidence in the water by teaching them how to swim, and also promotes bonding between the Boori and their father, grandfather, uncle or carer, who assisting with children in the pool. The program runs during school terms and caters for both working and non-working dads and families. The Safe Booris Program involves allocating safety kits to families. Kits include a range of home safety devices such as safety gates, door stoppers, power point covers. The Dad’s Parenting Program includes all Aboriginal dads being invited to attend the parenting program which are run through the year alongside the IKMSG’s regular weekly programs, including the BAD V, the IAMPHAT and the Arts, Craft and Youth Mentoring programs.