Children who have experienced homelessness often tell us that their families are the most important thing in their lives: they protect them from harm and help them feel safe, and they overcome challenges together as a unit. They argue that often the best way for services to support them is by providing their families with the resources, skills and opportunities to resolve their difficulties themselves.
They prefer approaches that recognise and build upon their family's strengths, and most value and trust workers who work with them to deal with any interpersonal issues that they might have. Enhancing children's natural supports in this way also ensures that outcomes are more sustainable.
This booklet provides information and tips for seeing each family as unique and special; recognising and building on strengths, skills and capabilities of children and their families; support for parents; family relationships; identifying and working with family issues; relationship-based assessments; skills and tools for working with families; a case scenario and pulse check.
Some of the tools from the Kids Central Toolkit are also available to download below, including: