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FW: CFCA news: COVID-19 resources, AIFS survey, webinars and more

Posted on May 8, 2020

COVID-19 resources for our readers

Doing what matters in times of stress

This resource, published by the World Health Organization, aims to equip people with practical skills for coping with stress. The field-tested, illustrated guide can be used alone or with the accompanying audio exercises.

Delivering quality services via telepractice

This practice guide, developed by ECIA, aims to support early childhood intervention practitioners to deliver quality services and supports via telepractice.

Support for charities and not-for-profits

This guide, prepared by Social Ventures Australia, collates the key opportunities for not-for-profits and charities available as a result of Australian Government announcements.

New resources for parents

The Parenting and Family Support Centre have developed a range parenting support resources, including: helpful tip sheets, parent guides, an online parenting module and a podcast series.

New survey: make your experience count

The Australian Institute of Family Studies is asking families how they are coping in the Families In Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19. We are interested in the experiences of every type of person in every type of family. 

Take the survey today to make your voice heard. 

Latest news, events and resources

New CFCA webinars announced!

Cultural considerations to support children from migrant and refugee backgrounds

Presenters: Liz Gordon and Julio Alejo

Wednesday 13 May 2020, 1:00–2:00pm AEST.

A practitioner’s personal values and beliefs about parenting and child-rearing can influence their ability to address the mental health and wellbeing needs of children and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

This webinar will explore how practitioners can engage in respectful, collaborative and curious conversations with children and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Register to attend this webinar

Preparing young people to leave care during COVID-19

Presenters: Philip Mendes and Jacinta Waugh
Wednesday 27 May 2020, 1:00–2:00pm AEST.

Young people leaving care face many challenges. We have explored these in past webinars, looking at young people’s experiences of leaving care and how they could be better supported by extending care. In the wake of COVID-19, there is growing concern that young people leaving care will face even greater challenges.

This webinar is of interest to policy makers and practitioners working with young people across a range of sectors, including out-of-home care, aftercare, mental health, education, employment, homelessness and housing.

Register to attend this webinar

Recent CFCA short articles

Powers of attorney and financial abuse of older Australians

This short article is for researchers and professionals looking to understand the experiences of children and young people.

Children and young people participating in research

This short article is for researchers and professionals looking to understand the experiences of children and young people.

Emerging Minds news

Engaging with parents when there are child protection concerns

Teresa Hall, Rhys Price-Robertson and Ruby Awram

Engaging with parents can be particularly challenging when a family is in contact with child protection services. This resource outlines key considerations for engaging with parents in such circumstances.

Engaging with parents who have children in out-of-home care

Mary Salveron, Nicole Paterson, and Rhys Price-Robertson

This resource outlines key considerations for engaging with parents who have children in out-of-home care. It encourages practitioners to reflect on the relevance of these issues to their own practice.

AIFS news

AIFS 2021 Conference

Save the date 15–18 June 2021

Following the postponement of our 2020 conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had enthusiastic support from keynote speakers and sponsors who are recommitting to bringing you an unparalleled conference experience in 2021.

Families in Focus Webinar Series

Families have done a lot of the “heavy lifting” to adapt to rapidly changing social and economic conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. We are interested in how families and individuals are experiencing these challenges. What can we learn about how to design better policy and service systems in the future?

What will it take for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to live vibrant, joyful lives?

Wednesday 10th June 1-2pm AEST

Richard Weston, CEO of the Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), will discuss SNAICC’s work in policy development and advocacy to help more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children to have happy, healthy childhoods that set them up to have the best opportunity for a good life.

Register to attend

Ask us a question: CFCA helpdesk service

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Our helpdesk can assist with questions regarding the latest stats and facts, evaluation advice, research findings and issues for policy and practice.

Please contact us with your query or bookmark this page for future queries.

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In the news

Below are some news highlights from the sector over the past fortnight. For our full catalogue of sector news and events from this period, visit our News & Discussion page.


Resource – Adapting evaluation in the time of COVID-19 – Part 1: Manage

This blog series provides advice on managing a program evaluation during the COVID-19


Resource – Disability Support Toolkit – 1800RESPECT

This website provides resources for front line workers supporting people with disability who have been affected by violence and abuse.

Family violence

Event – Enhancing practice when working with men from refugee backgrounds who use domestic and family violence

Event Date: 14 May 2:00–3:00pm AEST, online

This webinar will explore how to strengthen men’s behaviour change programs and practice when working with men from refugee backgrounds who use domestic and family violence.

Resource – Tenancy law toolkit for domestic and family violence service providers in Queensland

This toolkit is for service providers supporting women with domestic and family violence related tenancy issues.


Event – Suicide Prevention Summit

Event Date: 16–17 May, online

This conference is aimed at mental health professionals and will discuss the latest knowledge and treatment options for suicide prevention.

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