Practice Guides & Resources


SHIP Data on Children
How to enter data about children on the SHIP and related databases.


Do You See What I See? A practice guide for Professionals Working with Young Children in Homelessness and Family Violence Services.

Children’s Fact Sheet 
Stories from children experiencing homelessness, along with facts and statistics and also discusses the impacts on children and what children need when dealing with homelessness.

Through a Child’s Eyes: Children’s Experience of Family Violence & Homelessness
Designed to assist people in developing awareness and understanding of children’s experiences, with information on the effects of violence, and suggested interventions for parents, support workers and others.

See, Listen and Respond
A resource for Specialist Homelessness and other services to assist in their work responding to children.

Children’s Well-being Assessment Tool
An assessment tool designed for use by agency workers over time with a family to assist them in their work with a child individually. It provides prompts about health, developmental, educational needs to assist workers to consider the child’s needs in a holistic way.


Indigenous Children

Community Development Approaches to Safety & Well-being of Indigenous Children

Dardee Boorai: Charter of safety and well-being for Aboriginal children & young people

Child’s Voice – Our children have the right to be heard. (VACCA)

Family Violence

Refuge for Babies Manual: How crisis accommodation services can assist infants and their mothers affected by family violence

Assessing Children and Young People experiencing Family Violence- DHHS Practice Guide

The Safe & Together Model



Commission for Children and Young People- Child Safe Standards Information Page

Victorian Child Friendly Cities and Communities Charter

Best Interests Case Practice Model – Summary Guide



Child Development Trauma Impacts for Practitioners
Information on what to expect in the developmental stages for the different age groups, what effects trauma may have on these age groups, and age appropriate tips for dealing with the trauma.

Supporting Your Children 
Assists parents in supporting their children when they are experiencing times of stress or trauma.

Children’s Activity Workbook
A printable colouring book for use by children.

Emerging Mind’s 

Supporting children in families with complex needs: Nine tips for practitioners who feel out of their depth.