Anglicare Tasmania

North West Early Therapeutic Support (NESTS)

NESTS provides early therapeutic intervention to ‘hard to engage’, ‘at risk’ families on the verge of Child Protection involvement. The program is aimed at primary caregivers and their children aged 0-5 who have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences resulting in insecure attachments between caregiver and child.

The families NESTS work with experience complex issues often stemming from intergenerational trauma. NESTS have found that it is essential  to use  an eclectic tool box of trauma informed approaches, strategies and interventions which provides an experience of ‘felt safety’ for our families as well as helping them to find their ‘voice’.

What the service can help with

Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
Cultural support
Education, including provision of education and programs addressing exclusion
Employment, transition, mentoring, training
Family supports
Mental health
Personal safety against all forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation
Social and emotional development

How the service is delivered

Case Management
Coordination of Services
Information, Advice and Education
Support Services
Therapeutic Care

Services are available for

Accompanied Children
Parents and Carers

Age eligibility for children

0 - 5

Cost of service


Is a referral required?

Strong Families, Safe Kids Advice and Referral Line

How do clients access the service?

Client responsible for transportation to service
Home visits can be provided

Regions covered

North West

Focus Domains







Being loved and safe

Having material basics

Being healthy



Having a positive sense of culture and identity