Best Start Program

The Best Start program is intended to provide additional support to people exiting prison with a focus on reuniting and reconnecting parents with their children post-release. This program is targeted for clients who are currently in or coming out of a correctional institution, with one party residing within the Brimbank - Melton catchment area.

What we offer

  • Individual Casework Management provided by qualified social workers
  • Assisting with communication between parties
  • Parenting support and guidance
  • Assisting schools with children who are dealing with a parent post release
  • A strong network of internal and external referral pathways
  • Close collaboration with commUnity+ Children's Contact Service
  • Highest standards of ethical and professional conduct

Who is eligible

  • Pre-Release: from 3 months to release date, exemptions may apply to individual cases
  • Post release: up to 4 months post release date, exemptions may apply to individual cases
  • All clients referred must have a child/children and require support with reconnecting with their child/children or reconnecting with parents if the child is the person exiting prison
  • At least one party, person exiting prison or child/children, must be residing within the Brimbank/Melton area

How you can get involved

  • Referral pathways
  • Partnerships
  • Information sharing
  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration

To refer a client please contact Best Start Project Officer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or call 03 7379 0118.

Download Best Start Brochure