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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A free training session on LGBTIQ+ inclusive practice in the homelessness sector.

Presented by Family Access Network in conjunction with the Eastern Homelessness Network, this training is an introductory session, designed to support staff in the homelessness sector understand the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people, and explore inclusive practice principles.

12th February

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Upcoming Events

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

    This network will provide a forum for agency updates, sharing of resource information and practice challenges, discussions around regional themes, opportunities for case discussions and the potential to invite guest speakers as well as possibilities for interagency collaboration and capacity building.

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Client Supports and Activities

The Youth Holiday Program offers fun activities and workshops for young people aged 12 to 17 who work, live and study in the Yarra Ranges. Transport options are available for many of the activities.

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Research and Reports

Published by Mission Australia, this paper identifies domestic and family violence as a key driver of homelessness in Australia, particularly for women and children. The paper discusses the importance of domestic and family violence prevention in order to prevent homelessness, requiring a cultural and systemic shift in individual and community attitudes regarding gender and violence.

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Practitioner Resources

Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) offers free legal assistance from offices in Box Hill, Boronia and Healesville during the day, at night and at outreach locations across Melbourne’s east. Serving the local government areas of Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and the Yarra Ranges.

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