Families and homelessness: Supporting parents and improving outcomes for children

Families and homelessness: Supporting parents and improving outcomes for children

Trish Burden, Leeann Lenane and Rowan Sweeney
10 February 2021

This webinar will explore how practitioners can support families experiencing the effects of homelessness.

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10 February 2021 13:00 to 14:00 AEDT
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Homelessness is a significant social issue that affects many Australian families. When a family experiences homelessness, there can be negative and diverse consequences for the social and emotional wellbeing of any children involved. Evidence shows, however, that a positive parent–child relationship can provide a protective buffer against some of these impacts.

It is important that practitioners working with families experiencing homelessness understand the impact this experience can have on parenting and provide appropriate support. By supporting parents to have a positive relationship with their child, practitioners can also help to support the social and emotional wellbeing of children.

This webinar will explore:

  • The evidence that parent–child relationships can support children’s social and emotional wellbeing in experiences of homelessness
  • How to recognise and respond to the impact of homelessness on parenting and the parent–child relationship in families
  • How practitioners can integrate this into their practice.

This webinar is of interest to professionals working with families and children experiencing homelessness, or the ongoing impacts of homelessness, in health, education, social and community service settings.

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This webinar is co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds in a series focusing on children’s mental health. They are working together as part of the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.

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About the presenters

Trish Burden

Community Inclusion Manager, Unity Housing
Trish has over 25 years’ experience working in the Community Services sector with a significant focus on service development and delivery spanning health, disability, antipoverty, community housing and homelessness services resulting in pathways for people away from homelessness, poverty and addiction.

Trish was the Chief Operations Officer with Unity Housing for nine years before following her passion for tenant engagement and community connectedness into the role of Community Inclusion Manager. Her career achievements include successful service delivery partnerships in the areas of sustainable tenancies, tenant engagement, community inclusion and neighbourhood connections. Trish’s professional accomplishments are supported by qualifications including a Master of Business Administration, post-graduate certificate in Quality Management, post-graduate certificate in Social Sciences and Bachelor of Business.

Leeann Lenane

Statewide Children’s Resource Program Coordinator
Leeann has worked in the community welfare sector in rural Victoria for 35 years in a number of fields including homelessness support, family violence, integrated family services, financial counselling, out-of-home care and intake. Leeann’s current role is as a Statewide Children’s Resource Program regional coordinator supporting homelessness and family violence services to enhance their capacity to recognise and respond to the needs of children and young people in their service. The service offers information, resources, secondary consultation and brokerage to meet the case plan needs of children within these programs and works with government and peak bodies to ensure that there are common understandings of the needs of children in the homelessness and family violence space.

Leeann recently, as a project worker, delivered the Multi Agency Risk Assessment & Management framework training to all services receiving funding after the Victorian Black Summer bushfires. She has a Graduate Certificate in Child & Family Practice.

Rowan Sweeney

Statewide Children’s Resource Program Coordinator
Rowan has extensive experience in the homelessness sector, having worked in intake, family case management and financial education. In a previous life, Rowan was a primary school teacher in regional Victoria. Rowan’s current role is a member of the Statewide Children’s Resource Program – a program aiming to improve outcomes for children experiencing homelessness and family violence by providing expert advice, high quality resources and material support to children. Rowan’s passions include social justice, child development and the neurobiology of trauma.

Register for this free event

10 February 2021 13:00 to 14:00 AEDT
Online
Register to attend