Tasmania Communities for Children
COMMUNITIES FOR CHILDREN EVALUATION 2018
FAMILIES & COMMUNITY MEMBER SURVEY
An invitation to participate in the evaluation of Communities for Children
We would like to invite you to take part in a study to evaluate the Communities for Children program in SE Tasmania, funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Social Services and of which The Salvation Army is the facilitating partner. The researchers for this project are Dr Ron Frey and Dr Romy Winter from the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies at the University of Tasmania.
“Families thriving in strong, safe communities”
Communities for Children South East Tasmania deliver programs and activities in the areas of:
Southern Midlands – Bagdad, Campania
Upper Derwent Valley/Central Highlands – Glenora, Westerway, Ouse
Brighton – Bridgewater, Gagebrook, Herdsman Cove
Derwent Valley – New Norfolk, Fairview
Communities for Children deliver programs and activities for families with Children in the 0-12 year age group that address the priority areas of Safety, Resilience and Aspirations and the Communities for Children Facilitating Partner objectives of:
To improve the health and well-being of families and the development of young children, from before birth through to age 12 years, paying special attention to:
- Healthy young families — supporting parents to care for their children before and after birth and throughout the early years;
- Supporting families and parents — support for parents to provide children with secure attachment, consistent discipline and quality environments that are stable, positive, stimulating, safe and secure;
- Early learning — provide access to high quality early learning opportunities in the years before school; provide early identification and support for children at risk of developmental and behavioural problems; assist parents with ways they can stimulate and promote child development and learning from birth; and
- School transition and engagement - support children and families to make a smooth transition to school and work with local schools to assist children and families with their ongoing engagement with school.
To create strong child-friendly communities that understand the importance of children and apply this capacity to maximise the health, well-being and early development of young children at the local level.
Is it Safe Is it Unsafe?
The voices of children, How safe children feel in their communities
During September 2016 The Salvation Army, Communities for Children South East Tasmania, facilitated community safety audit workshops with students in the Brighton area from St Pauls, Gagebrook, Herdsman Cove, and East Derwent primary schools, and in the Derwent Valley from New Norfolk and Fairview primary schools.
The students identified the areas on arial maps where they felt safe (green), not safe (red or pink) and areas where they were either unsure or only feel safe some of the time (orange) across their local communities. The students also listed ideas/suggestions (purple) as to how the unsafe areas or the “not sure” areas could be made safe like the safe green areas indicated on the maps.
The Salvation Army Communities for Children has continued to work with the children to ensure, children are included in the planning and change making processes. Some of the of the children’s ideas/suggestions have already been addressed including; • The creation and presentation of “safety signs”. • Meeting with local council to discuss the children’s concerns, including rubbish and sharps removal, gaining permission to paint underpasses, asking council to install safety barriers • Meeting with the local police inspector to arrange for increased patrols in areas the children didn’t feel safe during certain times and days.
The Salvation Army Communities for Children has also partnered with local organisations who have provided on the ground support and some financial support for the children’s community based projects. The children of the “Is it Safe? Is it unsafe?” project continue to work with local services and community to provide more safe places for all the children within their communities. Communities for Children and PCYC have ongoing meetings with the students each month to continue to support the students to; • Plan and prioritise projects • Make connections with services and local government in their communities • Be actively involved in the change making process.
For more information please call Stacey on 0457 412 114 or email Stacey.email@example.com
Stacey Milbourne – Manager
Phone: 62 700 302
Mobile: 0457 412 114
Address: 250 Liverpool Street, Hobart