The Salvation Army

Doorways to Parenting South

Doorways to Parenting is a holistic, family-focused program that seeks to provide early intervention supports to parents with CSS involvement, and family reunification support through therapeutic group programs and case management services. We provide advocacy with Child Safety Services and a suit of evidence based parent education programs; 123 Magic, Circle of Security and Bringing up Great Kids as well as the 10 week psycho-educational Family Reunification program (SPARK).

Through our program model we work collaboratively with parents and Child Safety Services from a child focused perspective, and provide therapeutic interventions as well as a Supervised Access playgroup in support of strengthening families, including those reunifying.

This approach can increase parent /child access hours for families and provides a safe space to grow healthy relationships.  Additionally we provide individual and therapeutic supervised access as well as reports of parent/child observations in support of reunifying families.

What the service can help with

Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
Cultural support
Disability support
Education, including provision of education and programs addressing exclusion
Employment, transition, mentoring, training
Familial exclusion
Family supports
Family violence
Financial information and/or support
Housing and homelessness
Identity and gender related issues
Legal information and/or support
Mental health
Personal safety against all forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation
Problematic sexualised behaviours
Physical health
Reducing offending behaviours
Sexual and reproductive health
Social and emotional development
Social exclusion
Suicide or self-harming behaviour

How the service is delivered

Case Management
Coordination of Services
Cultural and/or Recreational Activities
Information, Advice and Education
Intake and Assessment
Support Services
Therapeutic Care

Services are available for

Accompanied Children
Parents and Carers

Age eligibility for children

0 - 12

To access the service, clients

Must be engaged in a CSS intervention or at risk of becoming engaged

Cost of service

Set fees apply

Is a referral required?

Referral from CSO or Advice and Referral Line staff

How do clients access the service?

Client responsible for transportation to service

Regions covered


Contact Details

135 Clarence St, HOWRAH

03 6244 4595

Focus Domains






Being loved and safe

Having material basics

Being healthy


Having a positive sense of culture and identity