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Looking Back, Moving Forward: Learnings from the transition to working online in primary prevention

Evidence Informed Practice, Family Violence

This Safe and Equal peak body resource details the advantages and challenges for primary prevention family violence practitioners moving to an online environment. This resource demonstrates embedding learning within the practice and is particularly useful for Victorian primary prevention practitioners.

The Centre for Homelessness Impact Evidence and Gap Maps

Evidence Informed Decision Making, Homelessness

The Centre for Homelessness report and evidence and gap maps collate evidence from the homelessness sector that demonstrates sector knowledge. This evidence and gap map is a tool for practitioners and policymakers to engage with evidence and facilitate evidence-informed decision-making across the homeless sector.

How to help parents find the right parenting support for them

Families and parenting

This guide from Emerging Minds is designed to assist practitioners in having conversations with parents regarding the sources of their parenting information and support. It aims to help you and the parent identify what type of support the parent is seeking (their motivation) and the most appropriate sources for this support. Ultimately, it will help you build a parent’s capacity to access the best quality information or support to suit their needs.

While you wait: Suggestions for service providers to support children and their families who are on waiting lists

Children, Families and parenting, Mental Health

This short article from Emerging Minds offers advice for practitioners on how to support families and children while they are on the waiting list for specialist assessment or care for mental health issues. This piece was inspired by research into barriers and facilitators to early childhood mental health pathways in the Barwon region in southwest Victoria. One of the barriers identified was long wait times for appointments, and the following practices were suggested by professionals interviewed for this research.

My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19


This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), supported by global, regional and country based experts from Member Agencies, in addition to parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. It was developed based a global survey to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak - and is available in multiple different languages.

Working together to keep children and families safe: Strategies for developing collaborative competence

Out of Home Care (OOHC), Safety and wellbeing

This practice paper from AIFS focuses on improving cross-sectoral relationships between child protection and child and family welfare practitioners, who are often required to work together to keep children and families safe. This paper offers tips and techniques to build practitioners’ collaborative competence; that is, their skills in developing and sustaining effective cross-sectoral relationships in the many and varied circumstances of daily practice.

Mental health resources: an A-Z index for professionals

Families and parenting, Mental Health, Young People

This collection from brings together articles, videos and guides related to mental health support for children and families. Organised from A to Z and by topic area, this is a great starting point for professionals working with families where either a parent of a child needs support.

Doing good business: A resource for researchers about conducting research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children about family violence.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Family Violence

This research tool, prepared by staff at the ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) is designed for people who may be interested in funding or conducting research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children on the topic of family violence. Its guidance is informed by the views of Indigenous researchers, research ethics committee members, Elders and senior community members, service providers, parents and young people from remote, rural, regional and urban Australia.

Connections Activity – Hope-filled Engagement Tool

Client Engagement, Young People

In this activity young people are encouraged to fill in the page with words or pictures identifying different points of connection at various levels. This will open up conversations about a young person’s place in the world and encourage them to see themselves as one part of a connected network of support. If a young person doesn’t have strong connections in “Family”, they may be led to see that they do have connections elsewhere – perhaps via a connection to nature, culture, or a particular worker or friend.

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