Children are individuals with unique needs and wishes. They have entitlements to a voice of their own and have intrinsic value in themselves as well as in being members of families. Every child is unique and may be affected by homelessness in a range of different ways.
Effective and responsive services:
Recognise that children are individuals with separate and different needs, wishes and aspirations to those of their parents, siblings and other children;
Identify each child's developmental and other unique needs and the ways that children would like to be supported.
Booklet: I'm One of a Kind
This booklet provides ideas about why it's important to see each child as unique and special; websites on child development; ideas about how to explore children's needs and wishes; thoughts about culture and working with families from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other culturally diverse backgrounds; and information on child-centred, family-focused assessment.
Tool 2D: What I'd Like (PDF, 223KB)
Can be used to find out about the things children are feeling and thinking about their current and future situations, and what they would like to see happen for them and their families.