Better Chances Forum

About the 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.

Subscribe: to the BCF newsletter 

Download: BCF Terms of Reference

Download: BCF Overview

The Better Chances Engagement Practice Forum

The Better Chances Engagement Practice Forum was held on 15 March 2023 at Ballina RSL Club.

You can find information about the event, including photos from the day and PowerPoint Presentations at THIS LINK.

Children Running Small

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


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