Child Protection Counselling Service

Child Protection Counselling Service (CPCS) is a tertiary counselling service for children and their families where physical and/or emotional abuse, neglect and domestic violence have occurred.

Child Protection Counsellors provide child-focused and trauma informed services using a family systems approach.

Trauma resolution involves only making sense of the traumatic events, but also helping a child learn to regulate their emotions, working with the family to establish a safe environment, and enhancing the child’s resiliency and social supports (Cooks et al. 2003).

 Parents and carers must be agreeable to the referral and willing to be involved in the counselling process.

Our Aim

We believe that it is every child’s right to feel and be safe at all times, and to feel cared for.

We aim to assist children to cope with the effects of the abuse, to support families in keeping their children safe, and to work towards the prevention of child abuse and neglect in the community.

What CPCS can help with

  • Emotional and behavioural problems resulting from traumatic events
  • Attachment, family and parenting problems
  • Interventions that aim to address and stop the effects of abuse on children and young people
  • Working towards maintaining the child or young person living with their family wherever possible.

How to make a referral

Referrals come from Community Services or the Joint Response Investigation Team (JIRT) once child protection issues have been substantiated.

How does CPCS work with families

  • Individual and family counselling/therapy and casework – CPCS can provide medium to long-term intervention (between 6 months & 18 months)
  • Comprehensive assessment and progress reports
  • Advocacy and support
  • Court preparation and support
  • Therapeutic group work
  • Reparative parenting
  • Secondary consultation to NSW Health staff and other agencies in matters related to child protection issues
  • Community education and awareness-raising activities.

Services available at these locations

Bellingen

Phone 02 6656 7200

Fax 02 6656 7203

Referrals

Referrals come from Community Services or the Joint Response Investigation Team (JIRT) once child protection issues have been substantiated.

Bowraville

Phone 02 6656 7200

Fax 02 6656 7203

Referrals

Referrals come from Community Services or the Joint Response Investigation Team (JIRT) once child protection issues have been substantiated.

Coffs Harbour

Phone 02 6656 7200

Fax 02 6656 7203

Referrals

Referrals come from Community Services or the Joint Response Investigation Team (JIRT) once child protection issues have been substantiated.

Dorrigo

Phone 02 6656 7200

Fax 02 6656 7203

Referrals

Referrals come from Community Services or the Joint Response Investigation Team (JIRT) once child protection issues have been substantiated.

Macksville/Nambucca

Phone 02 6656 7200

Fax 02 6656 7203

Referrals

Referrals come from Community Services or the Joint Response Investigation Team (JIRT) once child protection issues have been substantiated.

Woolgoolga

Phone 02 6656 7200

Fax 02 6656 7203

Referrals

Referrals come from Community Services or the Joint Response Investigation Team (JIRT) once child protection issues have been substantiated.