Better Chances Forum

The Better Chances Forum (BCF) is a collaboration supporting better chances for children, young people, their families and communities to lead safe, healthy and happy lives. We focus on early intervention and prevention to keep families together. We bring together people from organisations and groups across the Bundjalung, Yaegl, Gumbaynggirr Country (Northern Rivers of NSW) to:

  • connect, reflect and build our practice
  • share information and build relationships
  • act to work more supportively alongside children, young people, their families and communities.
  • create space for storytelling to explore what’s working and not working in our service systems — to understand challenges, gaps and opportunities— and communicate these stories to decision-makers.

BCF currently has more than 250 members from over 75 community, government and private-sector organisations.

Some BCF projects are supported through the Department of Communities and Justice, Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Program. A focus of BCF is supporting and building TEI provider capabilities, including connection with BCF members and activities.

How to get involved in BCF? 

BCF membership is open to any organisation, group, service or individual who supports the purpose of BCF. Members can participate in meetings, training, workshops and working groups. Activities are outlined in the BCF Overview, which is updated annually or as required.


Read The BCF Terms of Reference here


Read the BCF Overview here


2023 Better Chances Engagement Practice Forum

15 March 2023 ~ Ballina RSL Club

Click here to view our 2023 Call for Presentations and Activities Information Sheet

Click here for our BCF Forum – Presentation Application Form

The Better Chances Forum (BCF) planning group is calling for proposals for presentations, workshops and other activities to include in the 2023 Better Chances Engagement Practice Forum.

Connect, reflect and share our stories

This exciting regional forum will be a great opportunity to share, learn and build engagement practice and connection among workers, services and communities supporting children, young people and their families across Bundjalung, Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr Country (Northern Rivers).

Do you have a story to share?

Details are within the Call for presentations and activities information sheet above, or you can click here to submit your proposal.

Your proposal needs to be received by 1 February 2023.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your proposal prior to submitting please contact Ian O’Reilly on 0438 005 798 or email [email protected]


Better Chances Engagement Practice Project

In 2022 the Better Chances Forum (BCF) facilitated workshops with workers and managers from Early Intervention Connect (EIC) Services in Northern NSW.

Four workshops were held in Tweed Heads, Lennox Head, Grafton and online in June 2022. There were 39 participants. Workshops were jointly facilitated by Social Futures and Ngunya Jarjum.

Read the findings and next steps from the workshops here: 2022 BCF Engagement Practice Project Overview


Terms of Reference

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