Children’s Resource Program
The Children’s Resource Program for the Loddon Mallee Region sits with LOMA and is staffed by the Children’s Resource Worker, who provides a 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 accompanying children.
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.
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.
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.
Publications and Resources
Through 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 parent in the therapeutic process.
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.
Refuge for Babies Manual
Child, Young People and Families Service Providers Newsletter
DHHS Children Young People and Family Service Providers Newsletter April 2017