Supporting Families – Shared Core Competencies

Loddon’s Children and Youth Area Partnership (CYAP) program finished on June 30, 2019. St Luke’s Innovative Resources is pleased to continue to make available the great work and thinking that took place developing core competencies to drive better outcomes for children, families and young people.

Loddon’s commitment to supporting families

Breaking the link between disadvantage and outcomes for children is complex.  Having high quality, accessible and culturally safe services is key to responding to the needs of children, young people and families who are experiencing vulnerability.  In addition to having a responsive system in place, in order to bring about long-term social change, we need to have strong and shared understanding of the drivers of vulnerability.  This knowledge needs to be widespread, spanning sectors and reaching leaders, practitioners and the community.

As a partnership we have committed to supporting our workforce, and where possible, our communities, to having access to vital information that will create a stronger system to drive better outcomes for our children, young people and families.

Our four areas of focus are:

  • Understanding trauma and brain development: understanding of brain science, and in particular the effect of trauma on brain development and behaviour and the impacts that can last throughout life.
  • Respecting culture and cultural differences: recognise and respect the cultural diversity in our community and is informed by an understanding of cultural history, difference, strengths, and safety and we use this to inform how we work.
  • Promoting social inclusion: including understanding the impact of poverty and other structural barriers to improved health and wellbeing for families, children and young people.
  • Sharing information and integrating our services: commitment to the appropriate and open sharing of information and the coordination of services to prevent harm and deliver optimum support.

Being skillful across the agreed four focus areas will assist us all to do our jobs better now and ensure we are well informed about possible pathways to reduce vulnerability into the future.

The partnership has developed assessment tools for organisations to identify policy and learning needs, along with fact sheets and other high-level information about each of the focus areas.  Information about suggested training and other useful resources is also available.

The information made available here will benefit any organisation or group committed to driving better outcomes for children, young people and families.

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