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 Childrenís 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

The Melbourne City Mission Family Reconciliation Mediation Program (FRMP) is looking forward to hosting a forum on complimentary and creative therapies for the youth homelessness sector.

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Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) is pleased to inform you that the professional development schedule for the first half of 2018 is all online and you can plan training for you and your staff for the next 6 months.

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Upcoming Events

  • Thu 9-Aug-18 9:30am-11:30am (2 Hrs)

    The Children's Network Meeting will be held at Wesley Homelessness and Support Services, 291a Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood. Morning tea is provided so an RSVP is appreciated.  

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Client Supports and Activities

Free supported playgroup for families connected with Anchor

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Research and Reports

The specialist homelessness services 2016-17 web report is the sixth annual report from the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC).

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Practitioner Resources

The Brokerage administered by the Statewide Children’s Resource Program has been refunded for the 2017-2018 financial year. Applications are now closed.

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