Region: Community Bubs is currently taking referrals for families residing in the City of Bayside and Kingston
197 Bluff Road, Sandringham VIC 3191

Community Bubs focuses on strengthening families and helping parents to overcome risks and challenges in the early stages following their child’s birth, or in the final months of pregnancy to prepare for their arrival. It is an outreach program which identifies the family’s needs and supports them to work towards meeting their goals with the support of a skilled and trained practitioner. It also assists the family to link with a range of community-based support services utilising a case management model. Community Bubs aims to create a legacy of change which can be sustained, ensuring the wellbeing of the infant and parent when services are withdrawn.

How Community Bub Works

If a parent is in the last trimester of their pregnancy, or a family has a child under the age of 6 months old, Family Life’s Community Bubs program is able to provide case management support and assistance. Community Bubs combines intensive home visiting by professionals across a period of 6 – 9 months. Practitioners have a strong focus on aiding families to connect with their local community, providing opportunities for their babies to thrive. The program operates under the Best Interest Practice Guidelines and utilises a range of theoretical frameworks, including Attachment Theory, Trauma-Informed approaches, Feminist and Empowerment Theory and is underpinned by a strengths-based approach. Highly-skilled and trained practitioners utilise tools to plan and track progress, including the use of Family Action Plans and Outcome Stars

Program Objectives

• implementing a case management model to support family members to link with a range of support services, including (but not limited to): counselling, mediation, family violence, financial counselling and mental health services

• providing advocacy and referrals to appropriate support services through use of a care team approach • building the self-esteem and confidence of family members and caregivers

• providing psycho-education regarding parenting skills and attachment-based strategies

• educating family members on infant development and ways to support developmental milestones

• supporting family members who have experienced family violence and educating families on the impact of family violence on child development • improving communication skills between family members

 • exploring further education and / or work opportunities across the family

• to provide a safe environment for the client and create opportunities to work through their trauma

• to identify and build on the current strengths and positive attributes of each family member

• to develop the family’s self-care routines through a trauma and client centred approach

 • provide a tailored and individualised intervention, using internal and external supports to best meet the needs of the family Referral Criteria

• Referrals can be taken for the Community Bubs Program when the mother is in the last trimester of her pregnancy, or the baby is under 6 months of age.

How to refer:

Referrals can be made via the Bayside Peninsula
Orange Door – 1800 319 353. Alternatively,
self-referral can be made by contacting the
Family Life Families & Community Team:
(03) 8599 5433
[email protected]
197 Bluff Road, Sandringham VIC 3191

• Community Bubs is currently taking referrals for families residing in the City of Bayside and Kingston

To be negotiated with family
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