The Department of Communities has created an infographic titled ‘Working Together for a Common Purpose’ to demonstrate to stakeholders what Early Years Networks are and how they work to achieve better outcomes for local children and families. This document highlights the importance of the early years in a child’s life to provide the foundations for a future of good health, solid relationships and overall wellbeing in adulthood.
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Researchers at Curtin University have developed a self-help guide to improve mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide provides ideas from international experts to improve mental health and wellbeing in children, teenagers, adults and older adults.
You can find out more here - COVIDCBT https://covidcbt.org/
The Department of Communities helps to acknowledge the significant efforts of Western Australia's volunteers through the WA Volunteer Service Awards program. The program recognises Western Australian (WA) volunteers who have provided 25 years or more of voluntary service, and in 2021 will also acknowledge those volunteers who have served across multiple organisations. To find out more visit www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-communities/wa-volunteer-service-awards http://www.wa.gov.…
A new 'one-stop hub' that will make it easier for people experiencing or at risk of family and domestic violence to access services has been officially opened in Mirrabooka.
The hub will provide integrated wraparound services to enable people experiencing family and domestic violence to get help sooner, and closer to where they live.
There will be a focus on providing culturally safe and trauma informed services and supports for people from all backgrounds.…
On the International Day of People with Disability, the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Disability Services launched A Western Australia for Everyone: State Disability Strategy 2020-2030 https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/strategies/state-disability-strategy-2020-2030/. Developed based on an all-of-community consultation process, the strategy sets the foundation for building a more inclusive Western Australia,…
A decision has been made to gradually phase out swimming pools and spas at family day care services, along with implementing other safety measures. This decision will require changes to the conditions set on family day care providers and educators as well as regulation amendments that will need to be progressed through both national and Western Australian legislative processes. The Department of Communities will update family day care approved providers and educators as these changes progress.…
The operators of two new specialist family and domestic violence facilities in Kalgoorlie and Mirrabooka were announced this week by Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk.
The One Stop Hubs (Hubs) https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/projects/one-stop-hubs/, which are due to open in December, are the first of their kind in Western Australia, and will offer an integrated, wraparound service for victims. Services will include culturally appropriate support, counselling,…
An online resource, Safer WA for Children and Young People https://www.wa.gov.au/government/safer-wa-children-and-young-people, has been launched by the Minister for Child Protection Simone McGurk.
The online resource provides relevant information about keeping children and young people safe, while also featuring a dedicated page for children and young people to access information about online safety, how to seek help, and assistance with reporting allegations of abuse.…
This latest report from the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre’s Focus on Western Australia series looks to add to our understanding of the lives of young children in Australia, the environment within which they live and learn, and the services provided to families to enable their children to thrive
To reframe how we talk about parenting means beginning our communications with what children need to develop well, rather than what parents should do to be effective. It also means we must stop highlighting how hard parenting is, because that gets people stuck on problems rather than solutions. The research also shows a way forward on how to use metaphor to help explain that the external environment shapes parenting.…
The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the appointment of Ms Anne Hollands to the role of the National Children’s Commissioner.
Read more: link https://humanrights.gov.au/about/news/media-releases/commission-welcomes-new-childrens-commissioner
The Department of Communities (Communities), Connecting Early Years Networks undertook a statewide survey of Early Years Networks (Networks) members and a statewide survey of backbone supports to:
ascertain member composition, participation and understanding of local Network operations
gain further insight of local backbone support provided to Networks and
obtain baseline data to inform the support role of Communities to Networks going forward.…
On 22 July 2020, the Department of Communities launched a strategy to reduce family and domestic violence.
Path to Safety: Western Australia’s Strategy to Reduce Family and Domestic Violence 2020 – 2030 sets out a clear
whole-of-government and community plan for reducing and responding to this issue over the next decade.
WACOSS is launching a series of FREE webinars about key topics facing the community services sector in WA. The series will consist of eight webinars, running weekly on Wednesdays at 1pm, starting from 22 July 2020. https://events.humanitix.com/wacoss-weekly-webinar-series https://events.humanitix.com/wacoss-weekly-webinar-series
Grants of up to $1,000 are available for community organisations to host events and activities on Thank a Volunteer Day 2020, which will fall on Saturday 5 December.
The grants provide support to celebrate Thank a Volunteer Day and acknowledge the role and contribution of volunteers in local communities.
Further information, including guidelines and the application form, is available on the Grants page https://dlgc.communities.wa.gov.au/GrantsFunding/Pages/Thank-A-Volunteer-Day-Grants-Program.…
The Department of Communities, Connecting Early Years Networks team wishes to inform Early Years Networks and stakeholders that the Early Years Networks Forum is being rescheduled to 2021.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it being too early to gauge what will be possible in the coming months, we have decided to reschedule our proposed 2020 Early Years Network Forum until 2021.…
The Australian Government's Australian Institute of Family Studies wants to understand how Australians are coping with and adjusting to the Coronavirus pandemic. They are interested in every person in every type of family. Because everyone has a family, and families come in all shapes and sizes.
If you are over 18+ years and living in Australia, please help them by taking the Life during COVID-19 survey
Take the survey here https://aifs.gov.au/fia-survey-COVID-19?…
Liz Gordon and Julio Alejo
13 May 2020
How practitioners can engage in respectful, collaborative and curious conversations with children and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds
Tuesdays at Twelve is an insightful six-part webinar series that will examine in detail topical issues as they arise, including how we can all assist the community during an unprecedented time of physical distancing. The series is hosted by the Department of Communities Director General Michelle Andrews.
With so many Early Years Networks utilising video conferencing, the Connecting Early Years Networks team have developed a video conferencing tip sheet. The tip sheet contains information to assist Networks to run smooth and informative Network meetings.
A new mental health campaign was recently launched to help Western Australians manage their wellbeing through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Think Mental Health's Be Positive. Be Connected. Be Active. campaign focuses on self-care and wellbeing strategies. It provides ways people can support each other and where they can get further help, should they need it.
The campaign will run on TV, digital, and social media as well as in GP surgeries and other targeted settings over the next four months.…
The Department of Communities is dedicated to sharing important information regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as soon as it comes to hand in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our community.
While the situation continues to evolve the Federal Department of Health https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov has been keeping the public informed with COVID-19 daily health alerts (which are much more up to date,…
The Commissioner for Children and Young People , 2020 Profile of Children and Young People in WA report highlights while the number of children and young people in WA continues to grow,
the birth rate has slowed. Access the report here - https://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/media/4119/profile-of-children-and-young-people-wa-2020-interactive-january-2020.pdf https://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/media/4119/profile-of-children-and-young-people-wa-2020-interactive-january-2020.pdf
In Western Australia, the Department of Communities is leading the implementation of the Child Safe Organisations, National Principles and to ensure we get it right, in partnership with the Western Australian Council of Social Services and the Youth Advisory Council of Western Australia, we have commenced a project to consult with the community services sector on the awareness, capacity and progress to date in implementing the National Principles. To find out more visit https://www.communities.…
Australia has suffered a devastating early bushfire season with fires across the country burning through hundreds of thousands of hectares and destroying hundreds of properties with the loss of lives and wildlife. Children need to feel safe and secure to develop well in the early years, here are some resources you may find useful to support your community and the children and families you work with;
Emerging Minds Community Trauma Toolkit https://clicktime.symantec.…
A feedback survey of the WACOSS Connecting Early Years Network Support Project was completed in June 2019 by 85 Early Years Network (Networks) stakeholders.
The survey details responses from a series of questions covering Network membership, effectiveness, engagement and advocacy, the CEYNSP and identified issues and improvements in the early years sector for children and families.
To read the results of the survey click here.
The Pertussis vaccine is now recommended as a single dose between 20 and 32 weeks in each pregnancy, including pregnancies that are closely spaced to provide maximal protection to each infant. This advice is reflected in the Australian Immunisation Handbook at www.immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au http://www.immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/.
Take advantage of free workshops being offered to parents, carers and professionals by Kidsafe WA when they come to Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek from 30 March -3 April 2020. To register your interest please see the attached flyer.
The Grants for Women program makes one-off grants available to community organisations to develop projects under the priority areas of
Health and wellbeing, Safety and justice, Economic independence and Leadership.
For further information and application details, please visit the Grants for Women webpage https://dlgc.communities.wa.gov.au/GrantsFunding/Pages/Grants-for-Women.aspx.
District Leadership Groups (DLG) are responsible for developing and leading on-the-ground responses to achieve local outcomes. The groups operate across Western Australia and meet regularly to explore local issues and initiatives. Membership of the groups include representatives from State and Commonwealth governments, local government, the community services sector, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and industry.
To find out more visit https://www.communities.wa.gov.…
The Department of Communities is leading the development of a new WA Housing Strategy 2020-2030. The strategy will set the direction for the next 10 years, creating a more sustainable and responsive housing system for WA. The strategy is a call to action for all sectors to work together to improve housing choices and pathways. It will consider how to improve access to suitable and affordable homes and respond to current and future need.…
Book your spot to hear about how Lotterywest and Healthway grants can support your organisation. This is a great opportunity to learn about the types of projects they can support you with, as well as answer any questions you may have.
Date: Tuesday 29 October 2019
Location: Jurien Bay Education and Conference Centre | 3 Bashford St, Jurien Bay
Sign up for Jurien Bay information session
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness (PANDA) Week will be held from 10-16 November 2019. The State-wide Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Program is once again encouraging service providers and community members to get involved and do something to raise awareness amongst new and expectant parents.
If you are interested in being involved, please email SPIMHP@health.wa.gov.au mailto:SPIMHP@health.wa.gov.au for a PANDA Week Planning Pack,…
For parents with a history of childhood maltreatment, the experience of becoming a parent can ‘trigger’ past trauma. However, this time can also be an important opportunity for parents to heal through bonding and nurturing their child.
Healing the Past and Nurturing the Future have developed a research summary 'Parenting after a history of childhood maltreatment'.…
HelpingMinds offers free information school and community workshops targeting education around mental health and well being. The workshops listed in the flyer can be tailored to meet your requirements so please contact HelpingMinds for the same.
Click on the below image to view the flyer.
In partnership with Lotterywest Playgroup WA is able to offer a grant to purchase equipment and resources for community playgroups.
Individual community playgroups can apply for financial support of between $500 – $15,000 directly through Playgroup WA, to fund the purchase of toys, education resources and other equipment
Funding of up to $10,000 per community garden is available for local governments and community organisations to plan, develop and implement a community garden project. The grants program aims to encourage community members to participate in community life more actively; connect with the environment and other people within their community; implement and develop their skills; and to give back to the community. - See more at: https://dlgc.communities.wa.gov.…
The McGowan Government's 'No Jab, No Play' policy, effective from July 22, 2019 means any child who is not fully vaccinated can be excluded from being enrolled in childcare services and kindergarten programs (non-compulsory early education and care). These changes will improve Western Australian vaccination rates to achieve optimal coverage. Children are vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases and are a major source of their transmission.
To find out more visit:
Applications for the 2019 Children's Week Community Grants are now open. The grants of up to $1,000 are available to not-for -profit community groups and local governments to host events in remote, regional and metropolitan Western Australia
To find out more visit this link https://www.meerilinga.org.au/news/2019-childrens-week-grants-now-open/.
Architects appointed for the new Child Parent Centre at Arbor Grove Primary School
Centre will provide essential health and wellbeing services to parents and children in Ellenbrook
Construction to begin in January 2020
Construction on a new centre that will provide essential health and wellbeing services to families in Ellenbrook is a step closer.
Hodge Collard Preston Architects have been selected to design the new Child Parent Centre to be based at Arbor Grove Primary School.…
Funded by the Department of Communities and Royalties for Regions this professional learning is specifically designed for Early Childhood Services focusing on Trauma Informed Practices and Positive Behaviour Supports
Connected Beginnings is a Commonwealth funded initiative based on a 'collective impact' model aimed at improving outcomes for Aboriginal families with children under school age.
In July, 2019 it was announced that Connected Beginnings will be delivered in Derby, Mowanjum and Pandanus Park communities with World Vision as the lead agency.
Registrations are open and the program for the Midwest Early Childhood Summit have been released!
The Summit program is attached below- We recommend you look through the program before registering, to determine which sessions you would like to attend (because you need to select these when purchasing your tickets).
Registrations are available for industry professionals and can be completed online https://www.eventbrite.com.…
The support role for Early Years Networks (Networks) across Western Australia transitioned to the Department of Communities (Communities) on 30 June 2019.
The transition of the support role for Networks to Communities provides an opportunity for the Departments of Health and Education and the whole of community to help deliver the Bright Future target https://www.wa.gov.au/government/our-priorities-sharing-prosperity/bright-future in the early years.…
Consultation is important to the Department of Communities, we encourage you to share your views on strategies and plans for the people of Western Australia.
Access it here https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/wa-have-your-say/