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

The EHN Practitioner Meeting provides a great opportunity for practitioners and allied services to come together to share information and ideas and to enhance your professional networks.

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Training

The Ringwood Magistrates’ Court Specialist Family Violence Service invites you to participate in the: “Walk in Her Shoes Tour”

Join us for a tour of the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court. It is anticipated that you will gain a sense of the experience of applying for an intervention order and gain knowledge and understanding of the court process, including an overview of the support services available at court.

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Upcoming Events

  • Thu 16-Apr-20 9:30am-11:30am (2 Hrs)

     

    This network provides a forum for agency updates, sharing of resource information and practice challenges, discussions around regional themes, opportunities for case discussions. 

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workers toolkit

Client Supports and Activities

Statewide Childrens Resource Program have collated a list of activity ideas for families whose children might be at home from school either now or in the future. 

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Research and Reports

Children’s Emotional Development Is Built into the Architecture of Their Brains is an article written by National Scientific Council on the developing child. 

A growing body of scientific evidence tells us that emotional development begins early in life, that it is a critical aspect of the development of overall brain architecture, and that it has enormous consequences over the course of a lifetime. These findings have far-reaching implications for policymakers and parents, and, therefore, demand our attention.

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Practitioner Resources

Published by the Austrlian Childhood Foundation, Heart Felt is a collection of children’s experiences and stories of abuse, recovery and hope.

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