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August 2016: Children and Homelessness – Protecting the Most Vulnerable

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Editorial
Kate Colvin, Manager Policy and Communications, Acting CEO, Council to Homeless Persons

Introduction
Policy Making in Australia
Dr. Michele Lonsdale, Director, Social Policy and Research, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Inc.

A Whole-of-Government Policy Response Needed to Address and Prevent Child and Youth Homelessness
Yvonne Lay, Development Lead, Safety and Resilience, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Highlighting Children in the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection
Cynthia Parayiwa and Louise Tierney, Housing and Specialised Services Group, The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Cross-system Collaboration: The Cradle to Kinder Story
Deborah Fewster, Head of Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations, Melbourne City Mission

Hearing the Voices of Children and Young People: The Importance of Risk Assessment that

Includes: the Experiences of Children and Young People
Kate Ball, Child and Youth Practice Development Officer, Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre

Anybody Seen My Baby?
Wendy Bunston, wb training and consultancy, and Karen Glennen, Coordinator, Barwon South West Regional Children’s Resource Program

Thinking Small is Thinking Big: Recognising and Responding to the Infant’s Experience of Homelessness
Allen Jeffress and Jessica Little, Bright Futures, Merri Outreach Support Service.

Couch-surfing Limbo: ‘Your life stops when they say you have to find somewhere else to go’
Shorna Moore, Director of Policy and Community Development, WEstjustice and Kathy Landvogt, Head of Women’s Research, Advocacy and Policy (WRAP) Centre, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Innovations and Partnerships Across Australia in the South Australian Therapeutic Approach to Homeless Children
Deborah Lockwood Manager Child and Youth Services at Relationships Australia (SA)

Can They Go Home?
Cheryl Hillier Service Manager, Therapeutic Youth Services, Uniting Communities

Risk and Protective Factors for Family Homelessness
Dr Elizabeth Conroy and Dr Chloe Parton, Centre for Health Research, Western Sydney University, Julie Jasprizza-Laus, Mission Australia

Forced Marriage: When the Family Home is No Longer Safe
Dr Kathy Landvogt, Head of Women’s Research, Advocacy and Policy (WRAP) Centre, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

A Focus on Children and Parenting
Christine Gibson, Community Research Liaison Coordinator, Australian Centre for Child Protection

Nathan’s Story: Creating a safe home for ‘the best thing that happened to me’
Dr Elizabeth Conroy and Dr Chloe Parton, Centre for Health Research, Western Sydney University, Julie Jasprizza-Laus, Mission Australia

The Homeless Children’s Brokerage Program
Julie Maggs and Luisa Pisano, Statewide Children’s Resource Program

Consumer Voices
Consumer Voices is a regular feature in Parity. Articles are written by and with consumers to ensure they have a say about the issues that directly affect them.

Homelessness and Teenage Children
CHP PESP Member

How Do We Ensure that Practitioners Properly Assess and Respond to the Needs of Children?
Halime Aldemir, Susie Richards and Rowan Sweeney, Statewide Children’s Resource Program

To What Extent is Homelessness Among Children and Families with Children Largely a Function of Social Class or Social Disadvantage or Inequality
Sharlene Farrugia, Western Suburbs Program Coordinator, Women and Mentoring

Child and youth homelessness is not just about a lack of housing: A Practice View of What Needs to Change
Yvonne Lay, Development Lead, Safety and Resilience, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Ebony Canavan, Team Leader, Youth Homelessness Service, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Mind the Gap: Policy and Practice Inconsistencies for 12 to 15-year-old Homeless Youth in South Australia
Natalie Greenland, Project Officer and Mark Henley, Manager Advocacy and Communications, Uniting Communities

Building Youth Advocacy and Participation within Homeless Youth Services
Valancy Bailey Case Worker Canterbury Bankstown Youth Service (CBYS)

Opinions

Alice Clark
Chief Executive Officer, Shelter South Australia

Trish Westhead
Team Leader, Counterpoint Young Women’s Refuge

Giving a Voice to People Experiencing Homelessness in the Last Federal Election

Kasy Chambers, Executive Director, Anglicare Australia, Martin J Cowling, Acting National Director, UnitingCare Australia, Dr John Falzon, Chief Executive Officer, St Vincent de Paul Society National Council, Rev Dr Keith V. Garner, am, Chief Executive Officer, Wesley Mission, Commissioner Floyd Tidd, National Commander, The Salvation Army Australia and Catherine Yeomans, Chief Executive Officer, Mission Australia

Liana Buchanan
Commissioner for Children and Young People

Dr Robyn Miller
Chief Executive Officer, MacKilliop Family Services

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