Children and Parenting

Out of the shadows - Domestic and family violence: a leading cause of homelessness in Australia

https://www.ehn.org.au/uploads/244/488/Out-of-the-shadows-Snapshot-1.pdf

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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A DISORGANIZED TODDLER IN FOSTER CARE: Healing and Change From an Attachment Theory Perspective

This article focuses on the remarkable story of a deeply disorganized child, Rachel, and her experience in foster care with Janet and Paul Mann, founders of the Children’s Ark.

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Couch Surfers - A profile of SHS clients

https://www.ehn.org.au/uploads/244/405/aihw-hou-298.pdf

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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Changing the story on child poverty

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/resources-and-publications/fair-shares-and-families-report

6 DECEMBER 2018
APPS Policy Forum

 

Evidence has shown for a long time that the best way out of poverty is to increase incomes and access to resources. So why hasn’t policy responded? Gill Main writes about a ground-breaking study from the UK that aims to help policymakers hear the real story.

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The specialist homelessness services 2017-18 web report

https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/7adcd21f-6d1a-4ea5-8182-37d4343555ff/aihw-shs-2017-18-vic.pdf.aspx

The specialist homelessness services 2017-18 web report is the seventh annual report from the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC).

 

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Homelessness is jeopardising the futures of Victorian kids

Homelessness is jeopardising the futures of Victorian kids

New data from the AIHW shows that last financial year, 10,985 primary and secondary school students sought help from homelessness services (accompanied and unaccompanied); an 11% increase on the previous year. 

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Couch Surfing Limbo: Young people falling between the gaps

The Couch Surfing Limbo report looks into the experiences of young people who are couch surfing, and the experiences of couch providers, identifying legal, policy and service gaps, and ways forward. It highlights several challenges and makes several recommendations.

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Brain-to-Brain, Body-to-Body

Brain-to-Brain, Body-to-Body: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Perspective on the Treatment of Children and Adolescents

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Children who bully at school

Australian Institute of Family Studies, Child Family Community Australia have conducted a study into Childen who Bully at school. 

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The Empty Lunchbox - The experience of primary schools with students who are homeless

A report by Hanover.

This exploratory study is the first time that the point of view of primary schools and their day-to-day experiences of dealing with student homelessness have been investigated. The findings make an important contribution to the broader evidence base on the detrimental impact of homelessness on children’s education. 

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Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan 2016–2026

The Victorian Government, through the Department of Education and Training, has worked with the Victorian Koorie community to develop Marrung. 

 

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Our safety counts: children and young people’s perceptions of safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns

Over the past three years, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has explored the extent to which children and young people have been exposed to child sexual abuse, and considered some of the reasons why institutions have failed to actively prevent child sexual abuse and appropriately respond when children and young people have been harmed. 

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Mission Australia-Child and Youth Homelessness Report

According to the 2011 Census, some 44,000 children and young people in Australia are homeless. The reality is worse; many others are ‘hidden homeless’ who are not counted in the official statistics. 

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Change the Story - A national framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia

A shared national framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia. Developed by Our Watch, VicHealth and ANROWS - on Tuesday 10th November.

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Aboriginal Services and Practice Framework

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support (the Department) is committed to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children, families and communities that come into contact with the child protection system. The Aboriginal Service and Practice Framework 2016-2018 (the Framework) has been designed to support and sustain this commitment.

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Creating Child Safe Institutions

As part of its Terms of Reference the Royal Commission is required to inquire into what institutions and governments should do to better protect children against child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts in the future. A key aspect of this task has been to examine what makes institutions ‘child safe.’

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