Children & Parenting

Homelessness affects Children and Parenting

Homelessness affects Children and Parenting

Despite popular belief, children are one of the largest groups of Australians experiencing homelessness. In fact, children under the age of 18 make up 27% of people experiencing homelessness (ABS, 2012). In 2015-16, approximately 4,000 people presented to a homelessness service in the eastern region with one or more children.

Homelessness can affect children in different ways. Children don’t necessarily see homelessness as whether they have a house, but rather the level of connectedness to family, the presence or absence of fear and feelings of instability and insecurity. (Keys. C, 2009, Children and Homelessness: literature review)

Statewide Children’s Resource Program (CRP)

The Statewide Children’s Resource Program (SCRP) advocates for and assists practitioners in homelessness support and other non-government services to respond more effectively to the needs of children who have experienced homelessness and/or family violence.  
 

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Regional CRP Representatives

Each region across the state of Victoria has a Children's Resource Program Respresentative who offers flexible and tailored support to agencies. This includes regional information; training; support and resources; and promoting best practice to those working with children in homelessness and support services. They also administer the Children's Brokerage Funds.

Sector News

Darwin Convention Centre

Tue 27 – Fri 30 August 2019

The biennial National Housing Conference is the largest gathering for the social and affordable housing sectors in Australasia. In 2019 the NHC will be held in Darwin for the first time in its history. Registrations are now live with super saver pricing. Review the program snapshot and register now.

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Training

Wodonga Institute of TAFE and the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) offer the specialist homelessness sector training calendar.

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Upcoming Events

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Client Supports and Activities

Presented by EACH, “Peaceful Kids” is a Mindfulness and Positive Psychology based program to lessen anxiety and stress and increase resilience in children.

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Research and Reports

Couch surfers are among the most hidden groups of people experiencing homelessness. This report explores the circumstances, experiences and housing outcomes of couch surfers who sought assistance from specialist homelessness services between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2015. Based on service use patterns across a 4–year period, this comprehensive analysis highlights the diversity and the complexities of the couch surfer population. 

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Practitioner Resources

The Brokerage administered by the Statewide Children’s Resource Program has been refunded for the 2018-2019 financial year. Applications are now open.

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