Child & Family Services

A holistic service for country kids with complex behavioural developmental and mental health needs.

Child and Family Services are available to families who meet our specific eligibility criteria. 

Children and their families travel to Royal Far West in Manly for a week-long stay. During the assessment process, you may meet with therapists from the following areas to gain a comprehensive understanding of your child: 

  • Neurodevelopmental paediatrics
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Speech pathology
  • Psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Social work
  • Special educators
  • Dietetics
  • Orthoptic and ophthalmology

Families stay at our Royal Far West Lodge accommodation, and children attend the Royal Far West School during the school term.

After school, children are invited to participate in our Recreation Program, which involves a broad range of exciting activities designed to build confidence, reinforce health and well-being, and encourage the children to have fun.

Due to very high demand, we have an admissions process to ensure that our services go to those who are most in need.

Read more about our services in our Child & Family Factsheet.

Accessing this service

Step 1: Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, the child must:

  • Be under 12 years of age.
  • Reside in an area where there is no access to the appropriate health services.
  • Reside within the program’s NSW geographical boundaries of north of Taree, west of the Great Dividing Range (Lithgow), or south of Nowra.
  • Fulfill relevant clinical criteria.

Because of our focus on early intervention and resource allocation, we are unable to provide assessment services to:

  • Children 13 years or older.
  • Children accessing appropriate local services, or for whom an appropriate local service exists (although Royal Far West may act as a secondary referral for those service providers).
  • Children with acute conditions for which a more urgent response is required.
  • Children whose behaviour or family situation comprises a risk to themselves or others, such that a visit to the Manly site is considered unsafe (these children may become eligible at a later date if issues resolve sufficiently).
  • Children for whom the primary issue relates to an acute mental health issue.
Step 2: Referral
  • To access the PDP you will need a completed referral form from your local doctor or your paediatrician if you have one.
  • Sending copies of previous assessments, reports or letters is of great assistance.

Medical Referral Form

Step 3: Acknowledgement
  • If the referral meets eligibility criteria, you will be sent a letter acknowledging the referral, as well as a parent questionnaire, and a school questionnaire.
  • Reports or assessments that have not already been sent will also be requested.
Step 4: Parent & School Questionnaires
  • The parent questionnaire and consent form need to be submitted via Connect. The school questionnaire is to be completed and submitted by the school.
  • Submitting completed questionnaires with the referral and reports helps the eligibility assessment process.
Step 5: Review & Acceptance

When the completed forms, and relevant reports/letters, are received by Royal Far West, the referral will be reviewed by our Intake team. If the referral is accepted, it will be prioritised by age, where you live, reasons and date of referral.

Step 6: Admission

Prior to admission, your Intake Manager or Care Coordinator will contact you to plan your upcoming visit, and discuss any further information needed to ensure you get the most out of your time here with the team

Step 7: Cancellations Policy

Cancellations Policy

Access your medical referral form here

More information about Royal Far West


Families visiting Royal Far West for assesment and therapies are able stay in the comfortable Royal Far West Lodge in Manly. The Lodge is also available for guests to book during the Christmas & New Year period. For more details see Stay with us

During the assessment week, breakfast is provided in-room at the Lodge, while morning tea & lunch are served at the Royal Far West Centre for Country Kids (CCK). Families are responsible for their own evening meals, which can be prepared in the communal dining room with basic cooking facilities at the Lodge. Conveniently, Coles is located across the street from CCK, and there are various take-away options near the Lodge and CCK.

Royal Far West School

With a school on-site in Manly, we can undertake integrated clinical and learning assessments and planning. We can also provide continued schooling for kids who are accessing our Manly-based programs, as well as their siblings.

Short-term programs are delivered to four multi-grade classes from Preschool to Year 12 students, including a class specifically for kids with disabilities. These small groups provide a safe, secure and happy environment where students can excel, and the children love them.

Through the School, Royal Far West also offers two literacy-based programs via telecare:

SWAY (Sounds, Words, Aboriginal Language and Yarning)

An oral language and early literacy program developed specifically for Aboriginal children.

An innovative technology-based outreach-learning program supporting students in rural New South Wales.

For more information, please visit the RFW School website.

Directions & Transport

Our accommodation address is:

Royal Far West Lodge
5 Smith Street

If you’re coming by car, RFW Lodge provides council permits that allows car to park for extended time in allocated areas. Note: there is limited availability, so please book before you arrive.

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You can travel to Manly by private or public transport. Travel by bus or ferry is the easiest way to get to Manly once you have arrived in Sydney.  Contact us for more information and transport options.

With our feet in the sand, and our hearts in the bush, we have been supporting country kids for almost 100 years.

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If can’t find the information you need or have any questions please get in contact:

1800 500 061 or send us an email 

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