Royal Far West and UNICEF Australia partnering to support the recovery of communities affected by the 2019-20 bushfire disaster
The Program will be delivered in 8 bushfire affected regions in NSW which come from the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Bega Valley Shire, Eurobodalla Shire, Glen Innes Severn Shire and Clarence Valley.
The Program will provide direct support to children (0-12yrs), and the adults supporting these children, to improve the resilience and wellbeing of children and decrease the likelihood of long-term adverse impacts. Local communities best know the needs of their community. For this reason, the Program has been designed as a menu of options, with the local community to choose the parts of the Program that will best meet their needs. Some of the options include:
- Therapeutic group work with children
- Support for adults working with children. e.g. Workshops for Educators on Supporting the School Community following Community Trauma
- Parent & Carer support
How will the Program be delivered?
At the heart of the Program will be in-community visits to help deliver support alongside the local schools & services based on what they identify as the areas of need.
Community visits are currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions, however we are continuing to provide support by offering some of the Program through using RFW’s well established Telecare video-link services.
Who will be involved in the Program?
We have already been working with local communities in developing this Program. The Program will involve supporting children aged 0-12yrs by working with pre-schools, primary schools, local services, families and community leaders.
How was the Program developed?
The Program has been developed through extensive consultation with the local communities, including parents and carers, local schools and preschools, councils, government & non-government organisations, health and social service professionals, Mayors, community leaders and volunteers. RFW has existing & longstanding relationships with many of these communities.
The Program is based on best practice in the area of community trauma recovery and has included consultation with national and international experts in the field. There has also been ongoing consultation with Aboriginal services and leaders to ensure the Program can be delivered in a culturally sensitive way.
What training & experience does the RFW Program Team have?
Our team is multidisciplinary and is comprised of Social Workers, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists. Team members have training and experience in the following areas related to trauma recovery and psychosocial support:
- Trauma Informed Practice
- Community Trauma Tool Kit (Emerging Minds)
- Storm Birds child group program (Good Grief)
- Trauma Recovery Techniques child group program (Children and War Foundation)
- Birdie’s Tree social stories (QLD Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health)
- Tuning in to Kids, parenting group