Child Focused Practice was a finalist for Learning Program of the Year at this year’s Adult Learners’ Week Awards.
Adult Learners’ Week (Sept. 1-8) is an annual celebration of life-long-learning with hundreds of events and activities designed to promote the benefits of learning and learning opportunities throughout Australia.
Child Focused Practice is a free interactive online program, exploring the impact of homelessness and trauma on children and provides practical information about how to support children and their parents. Child Focused Practice came about as part of the South Australia Homelessness Sector Reforms of 2010 which identified the need for better assistance to children accompanying homeless parent/parents and acknowledged that housing support services have traditionally been adult focused.
In response, Together 4 Kids, Relationships Australia South Australia’s specialist child focused service supporting children’s mental health and development as they transition from the uncertainty and distress of homelessness and domestic violence, began delivering face-to-face Child Focused training in 2010 to SA’s National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) services. Funding for this project is provided by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.
The training has been delivered through Relationships Australia South Australia’s training division and Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the Australian Institute of Social Relations and the online version of the training was launched during 2015. Since its inception, Child Focused Practice has been delivered face-to-face to over 1000 workers in the SA NAHA sector and online to 486 participants.
Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists! #ALW2016
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