New Child and Youth Focused Resources

GOM Central

A project for young care leavers by young care leavers

The GOM Central Project works with young care leaver clients to create online and multimedia resources including videos, a blog, a podcast and the GOM City app game.

The resource contains a Post Care blog and sharing/connection space, as well as a number of informative testimonial videos. It also connects visitors to other relevant and useful resources.

Click here to read more about the launch of GOM Central in the Elm Place section our our annual report.

Let’s talk about conflict

A series about how parenting relationships affect children  

‘Let’s talk about conflict’ is a seven-part video series, each part lasting 5-10 minutes, with corresponding handouts. It was written by two Professors of Developmental Psychology, Jennifer McIntosh and Craig Olsson from the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED), Deakin University and was produced by Relationships Australia South Australia. 

The series explores how parental relationships affect children.It is a practical tool designed for use by practitioners with clients, and also for parents, whether they live together or are separated, to support them to reduce the impact of their conflict on their children’s emotional and social development. 

Based on more than 20 years of scientific research and practice evidence, it features ideas and tips from experts that are direct and to-the-point. The series also highlights the experiences of parents who have experienced real-life challenges related to the conflict in their family. See more here.

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The Pilyurni Booklet  

Helping children to slow down and relax 

The Pilyurni booklet was developed by Together4Kids to provide an educational and therapeutic tool for children. It includes colouring activities and a selection of Kaurna words throughout the booklet.  

We acknowledge and thank Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi for providing cultural consultation and consent in the development of this resource. 

Pilyurni is available for download here.

Conversations at the Kitchen Table

Strengthening relationships, even in a crisis  

This two-day professional development training and associated manual featuring background theory, in-depth information and detailed description of the conversations is for front line workers in homelessness and domestic and family violence services 

The A5sized handbook is designed for front line workers to carry with them so that at any time they can, through respectful conversation, provide information and tips to strengthen parent’s ability to focus lovingly on their children, despite the current crisis of homelessness.

Conversations at the Kitchen Table was developed by Sarah Decrea, RASA’s Practice Leader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families, who works across of children’s services and delivers ‘Working Better with Nunga Kids’ training. Danielle Hoyle, Practice Manager Clinical Psychology, contributed to providing specialist information in its use with parents and children.

Suraya Naidoo, Acting General Manager, Customers and Services at the SA Housing Authority launched the ‘resource during National Child Protection Week on Friday 8 September 2018, with an audience of 80 peopleAt the launch, attendees experienced activities from the resource such as the Zone Activity (regulating ’big feelings’) and a breathing exercise designed to support children and their parent to move into a ‘regulated’ zone where conversations and relationships can strengthen.  To get a visual representation of what happened at the event, please visit our Facebook page to see live demonstration of this activity.

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New Child and Youth Focused Resources

To stay up to date about Together4Kids childfocused professional development opportunities,  please visit www.socialrelations.edu.au/t4k-pd  

For the full range of professional development courses offered across the community services, education and health sectors please visit:  www.socialrelations.edu.au/workforce-development 

Massage Moments

Building trust through respectful touching  

The Together4Kids Massage Moments is set of 6 cards to give parents/care givers and their children the opportunity to connect and build trust by offering calming, safe massage activities. The Massage Moments set includes a card detailing the importance of asking their child permission before they offer a massage activity – this enables children have the opportunity to say yes or no to being touched. Everyone learns that it is important to ask permission before massaging/touching another person by teaching about consent and a right to feel safe. 

Massage Moments card sets are available from the Together4Kids team, call 8240 8190.