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The Early Childhood Access and Participation Project: Talking with Chin Families from Burma about Early Childhood ServicesThe Project was conducted from 2010 to 2011 in Brimbank by Foundation House, also known as the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST) supported by the Western Metropolitan Region of the Department of Education and Early Childhood (now known as Department of Education and Training (Victoria)). This guide to the model was developed throughout the ECAP Project and was prepared by Jenny Mitchell in 2011, and published in 2016 with minor revisions. The model outlined in the guide has continued to be successfully used by Foundation House in a variety of settings, and there has been an increasing demand since 2011 to publish more information about the model.This guide to the model was produced to support policy makers and service providers to encourage dialogue between early childhood service providers and families from refugee backgrounds. Readers are reminded that this is a guide only. Foundation House cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequence arising from the use of information contained in this guide. Foundation House disclaims all responsibility for any loss or damage which may be suffered or caused by any person relying on the information contained herein.Read Report
Stepping Up for Kids: Understanding and Supporting children who have experienced ViolenceThe Trauma & Grief Network: Supporting Families is part of the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network, based at the Australian National University and funded by the Australian Government. This booklet was produced with the assistance of funding from the Foundation of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies. Visit the website for more information about the impacts of adversity and trauma on children and families Report
Rebuilding Shattered Lives (2nd Ed.)It has been two decades since the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House) published the first edition of Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Integrated Trauma Recovery for People of Refugee Background. This revised second edition presents a significant reworking of our original publication while retaining the fundamentals of the recovery framework pioneered in that first edition.Read Report
What Works: A Manual for Designing Programs that Build ResilienceWhat Works is an easy-to-use guide that is ideal for anyone working with children and families in social service or humanitarian settings, as well as community facilitators, counselors, and policy makers. It includes plenty of case examples of programs in both low-and-middle-income countries (where financial and human resources are scarce) and high-income countries (where resources are easier to find but problems can still be very complex). While the manual is about programs designed for young people and their families, its 7-step model of program design will be just as useful in any setting where improving resilience is the goal.Read Report
Your child’s support network: A downloadable guideYour child’s support network: A downloadable guideRead Report
Building belonging: A toolkit for early childhood educators on cultural diversity and responding to prejudice‘Building Belonging’ is a comprehensive toolkit of early education resources which includes an e-book, song with actions, educator guide, posters and lesson plans. It is focused on encouraging respect for cultural diversity and tackling racial prejudice in early childhood settings.Read Report
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)This booklet was developed with and for women with a mental health problem or mental illness – and their partners – who are thinking about having a baby, are new parents or are about to have a baby. It encourages health professionals and parents to work together to manage mental health during pregnancy and early parenthood and provides tips for parents and for supporting family and friends. Available in multiple languages. Read Report
Supporting your family through life’s tough timesThis booklet is designed to give you some information about how experiences of trauma and adversity may impact on your child. It is not designed to take the place of advice from a health practitioner, a counsellor or a psychologist. If you have concerns about how your child is going, you should always speak to your GP, a school counsellor, a child and family worker or another health expert.Read Report