06
Jul 17

Investing in child-centred approaches to end family violence

In Australia, 25% of all children have been exposed to domestic violence. That figure is horrifying, particularly when you start to understand the impacts on the children themselves and on our community as a whole. Exposure to violence can trigger ongoing fear, grief and self-blame. It can lead to detachment from others and disengagement from … Continue reading Investing in child-centred approaches to end family violence

22
Jun 17

Multi-sensory approaches to boosting child visibility in work with men

Multi-sensory work involves talking to the eyes, not just the ears. Through using multisensory tools, the family violence worker increases the presence of the child without them being physically present. As the child’s focus is externalised, the worker and the father have a discussion that is often twice as long and twice as deep when … Continue reading Multi-sensory approaches to boosting child visibility in work with men

09
Feb 17

The one recommendation missing from Tasmania’s Out of Home Care Report

In this day and age, how many 18 year old Australians are emotionally and financially capable of leaving their family home and finding affordable, safe accommodation whilst also trying to pursue full-time study or land a permanent job? I know I certainly wasn’t. Tasmania is Australia’s most recent state to release its official report into … Continue reading The one recommendation missing from Tasmania’s Out of Home Care Report

31
Jan 17

Young people kicked out of care at 18 is not good enough, by any standard

Australia is increasingly isolated amongst Western nations in abandoning out-of-home care support when young people in foster care, kinship care or residential care turn 18. Regardless of the young person’s current circumstance, the support they have received under Australian state care must end by their 18th birthday. This includes young people with a disability, those … Continue reading Young people kicked out of care at 18 is not good enough, by any standard

20
Jan 17

Aboriginal children placed in out of home care set to have cases reviewed

Every Aboriginal child placed in out of home care in NSW last year is set to have their case reviewed. Over the past five years, there has been a 15% increase in the number of Indigenous children entering out of home care, compared to 3% for non-Indigenous children. Of the 20,000 children in care across … Continue reading Aboriginal children placed in out of home care set to have cases reviewed

08
Feb 16

How can we Create a ‘Simpler’ System to Support the Carers of Vulnerable Children?

The life of a child living in out-of- home care is often unpredictable and unstable. Good carers can be hard to find (not to mention retain) due to a lack of available funding and support. With over 45,000 children now living in out-of-home care in Australia, the need for a more sustainable and ‘simpler’ system … Continue reading How can we Create a ‘Simpler’ System to Support the Carers of Vulnerable Children?

12
Jan 16

Mergers & acquisitions in a mission driven environment: Save the Children Australia & Good Beginnings Australia

Charity mergers have become a hot topic, with commentary both for and against.  Arguments for highlight the opportunities to spend more of finite resources on mission, with those against concerned about the loss of unique, grassroots organisations.  Yet a ProBono News poll in November 2015 reported that 72% of respondents agreed that there were too … Continue reading Mergers & acquisitions in a mission driven environment: Save the Children Australia & Good Beginnings Australia

08
Dec 15

The Smith Family: Closing the educational gap for disadvantaged children

When families don’t have the money for even basic everyday necessities, being able to meet the requirements for their child’s schooling is an added burden. But, perhaps even more concerning, is their children are less likely to achieve at the same academic level as their more advantaged peers. Whose responsibility is it to look after … Continue reading The Smith Family: Closing the educational gap for disadvantaged children