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
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.wa.gov.au/news/community-services-sector-survey/
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. This toolkit contains resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event. It will help you understand some of the impacts of disaster and how you can help lessen these impacts.
- Birdie’s Tree is a suite of resources to help families with babies and young children recover from the emotional effects of natural disasters. It includes storybooks about fire, cyclones and others, in nine different languages, games and information for families with babies and young children.
- The Raising Children Network have information on the importance for parents for take time to care for themselves: Trauma: Coping and looking after yourself
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.