CHILD support workers have noticed an influx of Tamworth families facing housing issues in recent months.
Tamworth Family Support Service (TFSS) set itself a target to assist 20 families with its early intervention program for child and parenting assistance in this financial year.
Support worker Tash Allan said her program has assisted 14 families since July with one prevalent issue shining through.
“We’ve had an influx of housing related matters, things like rental arrears and accommodation,” Ms Allan said.
“I think people are just having issues just juggling commitments, fitting it all in.
“The juggling act is difficult and overwhelming for some people.”
A recent report highlighted Tamworth as one of the most affordable rental markets in regional NSW.
Despite median weekly rental prices sitting at $315 a week, TFSS assisted more than 1000 people with its homelessness in the last year.
She said TFSS had also been busy with child behaviour programs and working with school groups in Tamworth and across the Liverpool Plains.
This week marked National Child Protection Week, with a range of local services coming together for an event at Granny Munro Park to show locals the slew of support on offer.
It was also a chance to empower community to stop abuse.
“Child abuse and neglect is preventable,” National Association for Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect chief Richard Cooke said.
“If we all work together as a community we can create an Australia where all children can grow up safe and well.”
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