Children and Parenting Support (CaPSS)

  1. About this service

    Children and Parenting Support Service (CaPSS) operates across SA2 areas in Melbourne’s outer West:
    Melton, Melton South and West, Wyndham Vale, Werribee, Laverton and Hoppers Crossing (North and South).

    We have desks in Sunshine, Melton and Wyndham Vale, but run programs out of community centres, cafés, Bunnings, parks and gardens as well as meeting parents/carers in their homes, cafés or the local library and with the change in work structure we now have the full capacity to deliver our programs and assist parents online.

    We deliver one of workshops like -  Kids Chat, Tech Savvy, Emotion Coaching, Inner Peace, Let’s Eat among others.

    Our team also delivers evidence based manualised programs like Tuning into Kids series, Bringing Up Great Kids series and 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching.

    CaPSS has 3 portfolios:

    • Men as Fathers - Working to strengthen men’s role as a father and build healthy relationships with their children, thereby encouraging them to co-parent amicably with their partner or former partner.
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families - Building programs that are informed by the community and cater to the needs that are arising for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families as identified by them.
    • Childrens’ (targeting 8-12 year olds) - Working with families who have children aged 8-12, a very under-resourced age in Melbourne’s West. Supporting transitions for families particularly into Secondary School and the teen years.

     Our 4 Priority Areas are:

    • Support families and children experiencing vulnerability
    • Prevent Family Violence
    • Increase Community Participation
    • Manage Family Change

    This is underpinned by the principle of preservation of Culture

    For One-to-One Parenting Support: As CaPSS is an Early Intervention and Prevention program, we assist families for a short term (6-8 weekly or fortnightly) targeted support sessions in the home or at a nearby café. Parents may refer themselves or be referred by an external support service. Referrals can be made over the phone or via our website. (website is currently under construction)


      • Service name

        Children and Parenting Support (CaPSS)

      • Service address

        510 Ballan Road
        Wyndham Vale, Vic 3024
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      • Phone

        0475 976 072

      • Urgency levels

        Looking for Support, Looking for Information

      • Service area

        Wyndham, Melton

      • Service hours

        Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm, plus some after-hours parenting programs.
        By appointment only - contact service directly
        Refer to website for details

      • Age group

        Maximum age 12 years

      • Additional age criteria

        Parents and/or carers who live in Melton or Wyndam area, who are parenting a child or children aged between 0-12 years and require parenting support are eligible for our free services.

      • Eligibility criteria

        You have children aged between 0-12 and live in an eligible target suburb (Werribee, Wyndham Vale, Hoppers Crossing, Laverton, Melton, Melton West, Melton South) and are not currently involved with child protection

      • Interpreters


      • Service type


      • Costs

        No Costs

      • Languages (other than English)


      • Disability access

        Yes, but requires booking in advance

      • Outreach

        Available upon special request

    More information for teachers, wellbeing staff and service professionals

      • Participation length

        As Required

      • Participation type

        CaPSS does not provide case management

      • Staff profile

        Qualified Staff

      • Who can refer


      • Referral mode


  2. Children and Parenting Support  (CaPSS)

    Children and Parenting Support  (CaPSS)