Supporting kids in WA refuges & in the wider community
The website has been created to expand the reach of the Women's Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services (WA) Keeping Kids Safe project. The website is for:
practitioners that work with, and advocate for, children and young people that may have experienced domestic &/or family violence.
It provides resources and information, and also offers links to other great websites and organisations in the Western Australian community and beyond.
What is Keeping Kids Safe?
The Keeping Kids Safe Project is one of many projects run by the Women's Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services (WA). It is funded through the funded by the Department for Communities Division of Child Protection Protection & Family Support and aims to achieve four primary goals, to ensure:
Mothers and children in Women’s Refuges are supported to ensure children’s needs are met;
Children are engaged in education, health and community recreation;
Local protocols are developed with Women’s Refuges, schools and health professionals to ensure the needs of children are met; and
Staff in Women’s Refuges are provided with training and resources to ensure good practice and optimum outcomes for children.
What is on this Keeping Kids Safe website?
The Keeping Kids Safe project aims to provide support, training and resources to Refuge staff, enabling them to best support children and young people escaping family and domestic violence with their mother/caregiver. It also has information for children, young people, their parents, and other practitioners who may be working with young clients that have experienced abuse.
How will this website help me if I am a Child Advocate working in a WA refuge?
This website has generalised information about the types of violence, statistics on violence and tips for safety planning. The website also has information on programs and resources that can be used with young clients in Refuges, the suggested tasks that can be undertaken by Child Advocates in specific time-frames when working with young clients, and much more.
It also has a special "members" section for WCDFVS members to access. This interactive space in the members-only area includes information on:
* Child Advocate Meeting Dates
* Child Advocate Professional Development
* Child Advocate Supervision
* Data Collection
* Discussion forums
...and much more to assist you in your role as a Child Advocate.
What if I am not a Child Advocate or do not work in a refuge, but I still work with children and young people that have experienced abuse...Can I still benefit from this website?
If you are not a Child Advocate or you do not work in a refuge, but you work with children & young people that have experienced domestic and/or family violence then this website is for you, and yes, you could surely benefit from everything here! Please click on the "For Practitioners" tab.
What if I am parent/carer wanting information about domestic & family violence?
Even if you are not a Child Advocate or do not work with young clients, you can still benefit from this website by clicking onto the "For Parents" tab were there is a lot of information on abuse and how you can get help.