All children and families experience stress, adversity, crises, trauma and natural disasters. It is unavoidable for families to be thrown into turmoil from time to time, brought about by planned or unplanned changes to family structure (such as the birth of a child), and family circumstance (such as a change of address).
Families and individuals that adapt well to life’s challenges are described as resilient.
“Resilience does not mean bouncing back unscathed, but rather struggling well, effectively working through and learning from adversity and attempting to integrate the experience into the fabric of their lives.” Walsh (2003)
UnitingCare Community takes a resilience approach to service delivery, providing a structured way of assisting clients that honours their individuality; their family, community and cultural memberships; acknowledges the depth of their struggles; and supports the seeking of solutions that lead to resiliency.
UnitingCare Community prioritises the safety of children and young people, within their families and in the community.
Vulnerable children and young people are best protected from ongoing harm through effective collaboration and partnership between clients and other community and government agencies.
UnitingCare Community has implemented a child protection framework to promote effective identification and response to child protection concerns, to ensure the safety of children, young people and their families.
UnitingCare Community describes any living arrangements outside the immediate family as “Out of Home Care”. There are a range of these kinds of services offered by UnitingCare Community
UnitingCare Community Family Lives team are highly professional staff who aim to support and advocate for the needs of foster carers, their families and the young people they care for.
UnitingCare Community youth programs have the dual goals of facilitating opportunities for young people to build resilience and to be supported when they are experiencing challenges.
UnitingCare Community provides a range of services to help individuals, couples and families improve their relationship skills and help prevent family breakdown. Services are also available to help people during and after separation, to resolve disagreements about parenting issues.
Child and family therapy provides a structured way of assisting people to deal with specific issues in ways that honour their individuality; their family, community and cultural memberships; acknowledge the depth of their struggles through adversity; and supports the seeking of solutions that lead to resilience.
A family which is finding it difficult to cope with life’s events is more likely to experience social isolation which further impacts on wellbeing. UnitingCare Community delivers a range of services to families across the state.
We provide a wide range of learning activities and opportunities that will stimulate your child.