Children’s Program

Children’s Resource Program 

lyns_child_painting2The Children’s Resource Program for the Loddon Mallee Region is part of the Loddon Mallee Homelessness Network and is staffed by the Children’s Resource Worker, who provides  networking and resourcing services to homelessness services in the region.

The aim of the program is to provide a systemic regional response by advocating for structural reform,  highlighting service gaps and improved services and resources for children experiencing homelessness and family violence accessing Specialist Homelessness Services.

The Children’s Resource Worker also oversees two brokerage programs funded through the Department of Health and Human Services and R E Ross Trust, to assist children affected by homelessness with access to educational and recreational needs.

Brokerage Programs

LOMA School Support Program

Providing funding to homelessness assistance services across Loddon Mallee Region to help meet the financial gap faced by parents in supporting their children’s educational needs, this program has been made possible with ongoing funding of the R E Ross Trust  whose generous support has made a positive difference to many children’s lives.

School Support Grant Guidelines
School Support Program Application Form


Department of Health and Human Services  Brokerage

Also providing funds to help meet gaps in educational expenses, in addition, the DHHS funding can provide access to counselling support for children and childcare costs.

DHHS Brokerage Guidelines
DHHS Brokerage Application Form


Please ensure that you carefully read the eligibility guidelines and  contact Julie Maggs, Children’s Resource Worker, who can provide you with any additional information required.
  T: 5430 3000  E:

Statewide Children’s Resource Program’s Homeless Children’s Brokerage Report 2016_17


Publications and Resources

childs-eyes2Through A Child’s Eyes: Children’s Experience of Family Violence & Homelessness  Designed to assist people in developing awareness and understanding of children’s experiences.  Containing children’s stories in their own words, information on the effects of violence, suggested interventions for parents, support workers and others.
Also includes a phone listing of local and state support services for help.

Children’s Fact Sheet Stories from children experiencing homelessness, along with facts and statistics and also discusses the impacts on children and what children need when dealing with homelessness.

Child Development Trauma Impacts for Practitioners  Information on what to expect in the developmental stages for the different age groups, what effects trauma may have on these age groups, and age appropriate tips for dealing with the trauma.

Supporting Your Children  Assists parents in supporting their children when they are experiencing times of stress or trauma.

Statewide Children’s Wellbeing Proforma  An assessment tool designed for use by agency workers over time with a family to assist them in their work with a child individually. It provides prompts about health, developmental, educational needs to assist workers to consider the child’s needs in a holistic way.

Children’s Resource Program, Loddon Mallee – Project Report  Provides a detailed model for the ongoing role of the Children’s Resource Program.

Play Connect Evaluation An evaluation of the ‘play Connect Program’ for children aged 0-5 and their parents who have experienced homelessness and family violence. Qualified Creative Arts Therapists use stories, songs, rhymes and a wide range of expressive art activities to engage children and their caregiver in the therapeutic process.

Child Safe Standards fact sheet 2015

Statewide Children’s Resource Program Website

Children’s Activity Workbook  An Activity work book for children with mindful activities to encourage a sense of calm during crisis or just for fun.

homelessness week fact sheet SCRP  A fact sheet launched for Homelessness Week 2017 on the impact of homelessness with a focus on prevention through educational engagement.

SCRP SHIP Data input resource 2017 This sheet explains when and how to enter data about children on the SHIP and related databases.

Engaging Young People 2016
Think Child Think Family
Does Camping Count? Children’s Experiences of Homelessness. Final Report

Family Violence
Refuge for Babies Manual

Safe Steps Microsites for Children

Community Development & Indigenous Issues
Dardee Boorai Charter

Child, Young People and Families Service Providers Newsletter

DHHS Children Young People and Family Services Providers Newsletter November 2017

Strong Families; Safe Children Roadmap for Reform August Newsletter

Child Youth and Area Partnerships

Victorian Child Friendly Cities and Communities Charter