Children and Young People

Housing & Homelessness

-Children and Homelessness Factsheet
A resource developed by the Statewide Children’s Resource Program.

-Melbourne City Mission – Detour Frankston

Detour is an early intervention to homelessness case management program, working with young people aged 12-24 to explore housing options and or stabilise there housing situation.  If  you have any young people who are needing support please contact Ella [email protected]

General contact information:  Call 1800 474 993 or [email protected]

-See, Listen, Respond

A guide to engaging with children experiencing homelessness and family violence


Training Resources

-Emerging Minds

Free online training is available from one to four hour modules covering a range of topics, including working with children.


Resources for Practitioners


General resources about working with children who’ve experienced family violence

-Safe & Together Model
This model provides a suite of tools and interventions in a perpetrator pattern based, child centred, survivor strengths approach to working with family violence.

-Working with families where an adult is violent (2014)
A best interests case practice model and specialist practice resource. (DHHS)

-Good Practice – Working together to support children and young people experiencing family violence
A good practice guide to service integration when working with children affected by violence. (DHHS)

-DHS Practice Guidelines: Women and children’s counselling and support programs (2008)

-Safe and Secure (2013)
A trauma-informed practice guide for responding to children and young people affected by family violence. (Australian Childhood Foundation and Eastern Metropolitan Region Family Violence Partnership)

-Kids Central Toolkit
A number of tools and resources are available to download for free under six principles: Keep Me Safe, I’m One of a Kind, My Family is Special, Make It Fun, Keep Me in the Loop and Who Else Matters? (Institute of Child Protection Studies)

-Y-Change Resources

Berry Street’s Y-Change team of Lived Experience Consultants and the peak body for specialist family violence services, Safe + Equal, co-produced a resource guide to help practitioners better support children and young people who are experiencing family violence.

-Watch Early childhood education: Changing the lives of children affected by trauma

This Webinair covers support for young children who have experienced trauma (refer to PowerPoint slides as well).  See also programs and subsidies available.

-Watch Attachment Theory: How Childhood Affects Life

Heart Felt

A collection of children’s experiences and stories of abuse, recovery and hope


Young People who use Violence at Home

-Young people with disability who use violence at home

In this webinar, Dr Georgina Sutherland, lead researcher of the ANROWS-funded project “Building a framework to prevent and respond to young people with disability who use violence at home“. The aim of this project is to build a better understanding of individual, relationship, community context and sociocultural factors relevant for understanding young people with disability who use violence at home.


Reporting Obligations

-Reporting child abuse
Find details on the DHHS website about reporting of child abuse.

-Failure to Disclose
Find information about the offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse, which was introduced in 2014.

-Step by Step Guide on mandatory reporting



Research and Data

-Resources from the Integrated Responses to Vulnerable Children forum 2015
A summary and presentations from the NIFVS forum.

-Translating evidence from the Maternal Health Study to inform policy and practice
A policy brief from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

-The effect of trauma on the brain development of children
A practitioner resource released by the Child Family Community Australia.


Resources for Clients

-Love Control DVD and Love Control Resource Notes
An innovative short film and accompanying resource that increases young women’s awareness of the early warning signs of abusive and controlling relationships.

-What’s OK at Home (WOAH)
A website for young people and their adult allies about family violence, why it happens, how to recognise it, and how to help others experiencing it.

-Choosing Positive Paths
This resource offers mothers, other protective parents and/or carers information on how to respond to children affected by family violence at different ages and stages. (Berry Street Family Violence Services and Women’s Health West)

-Through My Eyes Booklet
This Children’s Resource Program booklet provides children with helpful information and options for them to express their feelings and emotions.


The Kinder Tick helps Victorian families find a funded kindergarten program for their children.  This is the same in both long day care and sessional or “standalone” kindergarten services.  No matter where a child attends a kindergarten program, they’ll be learning through play with an early childhood teacher. Research shows that play-based learning is the best way to help young children learn, develop well and prepare to thrive at school.  The KinderTick website provides information on Kindergarten programs in many different languages.