Children and Parenting

Toolkit for working with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander families and children

https://emergingminds.com.au/about/

Emerging Minds have developed this toolkit that draws from the expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consultants, practitioners, non-Aboriginal practitioners and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations. Rather than focusing on why it is difficult to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities, it will explore how non-Aboriginal practitioners and services can develop genuine connections with Aboriginal people and communities to create the best conditions for effective service delivery; services based on respect, learning and creating shared understandings.

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See, Listen Respond

https://www.ehn.org.au/uploads/245/454/See-Listen-and-Respond-3.8.pdf

A guide to engaging with children experiencing homelessness and family violence. Produced by the Statewide Children's Resource Program this guide is a must for all those working with in homeless and family violence services. 

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Digital CPR - Summary Reference Sheet

https://www.ehn.org.au/uploads/245/451/OESC-Teachers-PL-Digital-CPR-Summary-Sheet.pdf

The legislative, technical and research landscape that informs online safety best practice is constantly evolving. It is important to stay up-to-date

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Homeless Children’s Brokerage Support Project

The Brokerage administered by the Statewide Children’s Resource Program has been expended for the 2018-2019 financial year. 

Please continue to use the Childrens Resource Representative as a resource for children in the Eastern Region. Group work continues and we are always open for referrals.

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Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme

https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/

In 2012, the Victorian Government initiated an inquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations within religious and other non-government organisations. The Betrayal of Trust Report, which detailed the inquiry findings, made a range of recommendations, including the need to better protect children from child abuse when they access services provided by organisations. 

Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme are part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing these recommendations.

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NDIS - Information and Resources

NDIS - Information and Resources

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme already rolling out in the Inner and Outer East, we have been gathering information that will be useful to those practitioners working within the homelessness sector. 

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Meet the Peaks

The Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) is the peak body representing organisations and individuals in Victoria with a commitment to ending homelessness. 

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Statewide Disability and Family Violence Crisis Response Initiative

The Disability and Family Violence Crisis Response initiative aims to assist Victorian women (and their children) with a disability who are experiencing family violence. 

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Fatal Distraction - Children left in cars

The phenomena of fatal distraction occurs where a parent or carer inadvertently leaves their child in their car due to short-term memory failure caused by extreme exhaustion, stress or a change in routine. This can possibly lead to severe injury or in extreme cases the death of a child.

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Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusive Practice

Starlady from Zoe Belle Youth Project spoke to our EHN Practitioners forum in August about the free trans and gender diverse inclusive practice training. Below are some fantastic resources to assist you and your organisation develop inclusive practice.

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A guide to entering Children on SHIP

This resource has been created by the Statewide Children's Resource Program to support the Specialist Homelessness Services of Victoria to ensure children are being recorded correctly.

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Know Your A-Z: Preventing violence against women poster

Know Your A-Z: Preventing violence against women poster

Published by Our Watch, this free, downloadable poster aims to harness the power of bystanders by providing 26 practical actions to challenge gender stereotypes and promote respect.

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Homelessness Week 2017 Children's Fact Sheet

Prepared by the Statewide Children's Resource Program, this fact sheet provides useful information about the numbers of children presenting and the expenditure of the Homeless Children's Brokerage Program.

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Infant Safe Sleeping

The safety and wellbeing of children is a shared responsibility. Homelessness services are often in contact with the most vulnerable children and families in our community, and can help enhance their safety and wellbeing.   

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Financial Assistance Guide - Inner and Outer Eastern

2016 guide for children and families seeking financial assistance.

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Children's Activity Booklet - Through my eyes

Children's Activity Booklet - Through my eyes

A core function of the Statewide Children’s Resource Program is to develop resources for children who are experiencing homelessness and family violence.

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Practice Guides for working with Children

The Benevolent Society and The Parenting Research Centre have produced these Practice guides for working with children.

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD): Resources for professionals

Alcohol use during pregnancy is linked to a spectrum of adverse fetal outcomes. This spectrum of abnormalities is collectively termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), and can include physical, cognitive and developmental symptoms.

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Choosing Positive Paths-Parenting children who have experienced family violence

Choosing Positive Paths is a resource kit offering information to mothers, other protective parents and/or carers on what to expect from and how to respond to children, at all ages and stages, who have experienced family violence.

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Child Development and Trauma Impacts - Guides for Practitioners and Parents

Children are different and each develops at their own rate. For some children and adolescents the trauma and stress of being homeless or experiencing family violence can affect their development. 

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Supporting Your Children - Poster for workers and parents

Being a parent is hard work and becomes even more difficult when your family experiences stressful times.

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School Charges for Vic Government Schools

Information on back to school costs and financial assistance available to families.

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Big Banter Child Rights Poster

Australian Human Rights Commission Poster.

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Statewide Children's Resource Program Contact List

Contact list for the Statewide Children's Resource Program members across Victoria. Please consult this list if you would like information about programs for children in different areas or would like to source links for a family moving out of the eastern metro area.

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Nursery Equipment Program

The Nursery Equipment Program has been established to provide safe nursery equipment for vulnerable Victorian families where a safety concern has been identified by a maternal and child health nurse on the MCH Safe Sleeping Checklist. 

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Infant Safe Sleeping Checklist

Maternal and Child Health Service Safe Sleeping Checklist for Infants

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Through a Child's Eyes

Through a Child's Eyes

This booklet, produced by the Statewide Children's Resource Program, may assist you to help a child through their experiences of family violence and/or homelessness. It contains children's stories in their own words and pcitures. 

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The Commission for Children and Young People Strategic Plan 2016-1017

The Victorian Commission for Children and Young People is an independent statutory body established to promote improvement and innovation in policies and practices affecting the safety and wellbeing of Victorian children and young people. We have a particular focus on vulnerable children and young people as defined in the Commission for Children and Young People Act (2012).

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Kids Helpline

A free and confidential counselling service for young Aussies (ages 5-25)

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Betrayal of Trust Legislation

In April 2012, the Victorian Government initiated a landmark inquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations within religious and other non-government organisations. All practitioners in all services are expected to be familiar with these changes.

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Failure to Disclose offence

An offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse came into force on 27 October 2014. This offence has been introduced as part of the Crimes Amendment (Protection of Children) Act 2014, in response to a recommendation from the report of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations, Betrayal of Trust.

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An Overview of the Victorian Child Safe Standards

This document provides general guidance for the implementation of the child safe standards to improve the way organisations that provide services for children prevent and respond to child abuse that may occur within their organisation.

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The Statewide Childrens Resource Program

The State-wide 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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