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Taking care of the carers: the unsung heroes of 2020
2020 has been a testing year for all of us, but for the critically low numbers of foster carers in Australia, it’s been a year like no other. The bushfires, closely followed by COVID-19 restrictions, put increased pressure on many already vulnerable families, resulting in greater demands on foster carers throughout the country.
Power to Kids – innovative program supports young people at risk of sexual abuse
Children and young people living in residential out of home care are at significant risk of experiencing child sexual abuse, but a groundbreaking Australian program, Power to Kids: Respecting Sexual Safety, has identified strategies to recognise and intervene early when they are the targets of harmful sexual behaviour, child sexual exploitation and dating violence.
Resilience out of adversity – key supports to build resilient communities
From its experience supporting communities to deal with change, loss and trauma, the MacKillop Institute has identified eight key pillars that, when considered in the design of supports to children, young people and families, create resilient communities.
Open House Melbourne
While most of Melbourne is in lockdown, MacKillop Family Services is throwing open its (virtual) doors to take part in this years ground-breaking Open House Melbourne digital program.
In this together – MacKillop launches Reconciliation Action Plan
Over the past two years, MacKillop has been on a journey of deep listening and consultation, hearing the stories of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities it works with in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. This process of consultation and truth-telling underpins the practical actions MacKillop is committing to in its Innovate RAP.
What cultural and trauma-informed practice means in Australian schools
MacKillop Education schools, delivered by MacKillop Family Services, has been been implementing a culture and trauma-informed model in their schools for six years, in consultation with Aboriginal Torres Strait Island representatives identifying what cultural healing looks like in schools. And now, they have been helping other schools to do so as well.