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Sarah McMurtrie’s Articles, Tips and Ideas to Support Carers, Parents, Caseworkers and Teachers

Sarah McMurtrie is a teacher, writer and imminent psychologist specialising in supporting traumatised children and adolescents. Sarah is also the author of UNTWIST which is a trauma informed care tool designed to facilitate meaningful connection and communication with displaced children, especially adolescents aged 10 to 17 years.

Below are some links and also articles which Sarah has shared:

Untwist Order Form

Trauma Booklet

Helping Children to Regulate Their Emotions Fact Sheet

 

Useful Links:

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PROFESSIONALS

 

 

Brene Brown

Explores effects of Shame. Researched based. Great ideas to consider

http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

Dan Siegel

Supports our understanding of children’s behaviour- with a great hand/brain model of what happens when students ‘flip out’-  Enhances self awareness/emotional regulation. Author of :‘ No Drama Discipline’ +  ‘ Parenting from the Inside Out’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm9CIJ74Oxw  

https://themindfulclassroom.wordpress.com/category/the-brain

 

Dan Siegel

Connecting to Calm- A  must see if you have a teenager!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV3hp_eaoiE

Bruce Perry

He’s Honey pot of sites and resources for children that have experienced trauma.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIUdALXnPlQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYj7YYHmbQs

Dan Hughes

PACE model. (Therapeutic Care)- holds workshops in Australia- worth seeing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T5ikRcLabg

Josh Shipp

Great ted talks. (Previously a child in care- focus on supporting teens)

http://joshshipp.com/one-caring-adult/

 

Amy Cubby

Power of positive body posture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc

 

 

 

ORGANISATIONS

 

 

Australian Childhood Foundation

Check their resources page- free to down load

www.childhood.org.au

The Child Trauma Academy

Posts useful info

www.childtrauma.org

The Australian Child  & Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network

Posts useful info

www.earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au

Science of the Greater Good

Worth subscribing to great useful emails.

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/

SCHOOL

 

 

Calmer Classrooms

Make sure your child’s school/ teacher have these resources

http://www.ccyp.vic.gov.au/childsafetycommissioner/downloads/calmer_classrooms.pdf.

http://suelarkey.com.au/shop (lots of OT resources: chew stixx, pencil toppers, Fidgipods)- worth subscribing to her mailing list- lots of good ideas.

http://www.mindfulschools.org check out the short films- “Room to Breathe”

ENVIRONMENT

 

 

 

Environments have the ability to change our mood. McDonalds or a candle lit dinner? Our tummy gets full either way but the experience is different.  Lighting, furniture, music + sensory tools can have a significant impact in a childs ability to calm/ self sooth.

http://shopau.sensorytools.net

 https://funandfunction.com

http://www.calmingkids.com.au

Chat to your local OT. Most have great sites or resources to share- worth asking them!

MINDFULNESS

 

 

Websites

Supports children’s ability to be Calm, present + engaged.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-yJPcdiLEkI( Mindfulness in schools)

http://www.mentalstillness.org/mental-stillness-learning-project ( Sydney Uni mindfulness in school project)

http://smilingmind.com.au/education-program

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=mindfulness%20activities

APPS

FREE. There are 100’s – the following are worth starting with…

Calm ( image: word calm in white writing) Headspace ( image: orange dot), Smiling Mind  ( Image: cloud- smile) Relax Melodies (Image: moon. Has good sleep stories),            Happify ( Image: letter ‘h’) Colourfly ( Image: swan)

2017 Conference Keynote PowerPoint Presentation

In April 2017, Foster Care Queensland hosted the annual Foster and Kinship Care Conference at the Pullman Internation in Cairns. Our keynote speaker delivered a highly informative presentation and the link to his powerpoint presentation is available below:

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Powerpoint Presentation

Beyond Expectations

beyond expectations

Get Started - Funding to Help Kids Participate

Get Started is one of three funding programs that comprise the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative to support sport and recreation at the grassroots level. Get Started assists children and young people who can least afford, or may otherwise benefit from, joining a sport or recreation club.

Sport and Recreation Services (SRS) have advised that they have funding available for up to $150 to eligible children and young people (5 years to 17 years inclusive), which can help pay for the cost of sport or recreation club membership, and/or participation fees through registered Get Started Vouchers clubs.

 The full details are available and eligibility requirements are outlined by clicking on the following online link link or viewing the Fact Sheet below 

Please note:

The vouchers are issued on a first come, first serve basis. Once they have been allocated for the round, then the round closes. It is recommended to submit referral applications as quickly as possible to avoid missing out.

Click Here to Download the Flyer Here

Carer Business Discount Card

Your Carer Business Discount Card gives you access to great savings and services at thousands of participating businesses across the state. Keeps your car running smoothly, get a great price on your home insurance, or enjoy a discounted night out.

Download the Flyer Here

The History of Foster Care Queensland

In the latter part of 1975, an inaugural meeting of representatives from localised Foster Parent Support Groups (FPSGs) was held to discuss the advantages of forming a State-based Association that could act as a liaison body between foster parents, government departments and voluntary organisations, and in the process, activate positive systemic change across the Queensland child protection continuum.

Four decades has passed since the registration and formalisation of the Association. In that time a number of sociocultural, political and legislative shifts occurred as a result of pertinent information coming to light that signalled the necessity for change within the Queensland child protection sector. With informed foresight, the Association acknowledged the necessity to follow suit; diversifying service provision and adjusting operational foci in order to remain a viable and enterprising peak body operating with the Queensland child protection system.

'The History of Foster Care Queensland' Report represents the culmination of extensive qualitative research into the progressive organisational development of Foster Care Queensland [Incorporated] (FCQ). The research covers the timeframe from the organisation's official inception in 1976 till the present day.

Principal Researcher: Vikki Wilkes

To obtain a copy of the Report please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The History of Foster Care in Queensland 

In Queensland, before the notion of foster care was conceptualised, children requiring care were placed in large government run or government subsidised denominational institutions. These institutions consisted of hospitals, orphanages, and industrial and reformatory schools (Department of Children's Services, 1979; Office of Economic and Statistical Research, 2009). There were growing concern for the health and wellbeing of children living in these environments with opponents describing their influence as "drawfing children and causing them to degenerate into mere hacnines" and "breeding contagious moral diseases such as vice and crime" (Queensland Parliament. Record of Proceedings, August 19, 1875). This report details what has influenced and shaped foster care from its early beginnings to today.

Principal Researcher: Elizabeth Bowerman

Download the full Report

Carer Allowance

Contribution toward the costs of caring for the child or young person placed with you by the Department of Communities (Child Safety). It covers items such as food, clothing, household provisions, gifts, pocket money, entertainment and other everyday costs of caring for a child.

Please find below the Carer Allowances for 2017

Carer Allowance 2017

The Impacts of Fostering on Foster Carers Children

An International Literature Review

This review of the international research on the impact of fostering on foster carers’ children was undertaken in order to identify the ways in which carers’ children might be more effectively prepared and supported when their families are fostering.

This review of the international research on the impact of fostering on foster carers’children was undertaken in order to identifythe ways in which carers’ children might bemore effectively prepared and supportedwhen their families are fostering.

Download this Review Here

Children Who Foster Report

Foster Care Queensland (“FCQ”) is committed to representing Foster and Kinship Carer families, where too often there is focus on the impact of fostering on Foster and Kinship Carers and little regard or thought occurs for Natural children who find themselves in a family who has decided to care for other people’s children.......

Download the Children Who Foster Report Here

Transition From Care

Foster and Kinship carers play a vital role in the child protection system. Meeting the day to day care needs of young people in out of home care is challenging enough, but what happens as the young person transitions towards independent living ?

There is alot of information out there for young people, carers, and other child protection professionals. The Create web site, the Child Safety Services web site and various other sites offer useful advice and information.  Foster and kinship carers can access support from a variety of sources and we should all acknowledge that transition from care planning is not just a CSO’s role.

Preparing young people to move on towards another phase in life is crucial. Many carers have great relations with the young people in their care and are in a unique position to ensue transitions occur as smoothly and safely as possible.

Think about how you can support a young person to cope well with the huge challenges and opportunities ahead.  Opening a bank account, knowing how to access health services, getting on the public housing register, doing a basic shopping budget are all skills young people need. Often carers are best able to teach these skills to young people. If the teenager in your house is unable to work the washing machine or cook a meal perhaps these are simple areas that could be addressed?

If you’re unsure or want further advice or just a chat then get on the phone, get on the internet, get out there and ask. Involving young people in our everyday life tasks, leading by example and being active and enthusiastic are all steps on the road to independent living. Individuals like you play an essential role, but you’re not on your own. You’re welcome to contact FCQ and have a chat. We are all in it together so no child in care is left behind !

If you would like to participate in the Transition to Independance survey,  please click on the following link

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9PM8QPZ

This review of the international research on the impact of fostering on foster carers’ children was undertaken in order to identify the ways in which carers’ children might be more effectively prepared and supported when their families are fostering.

Grandparents and relative carers who raise and care for children

Grandparents and carers who take on the responsibility of caring for children may face a number of challenges and find their life has changed. This new caring role may be taken on, for example, as a result of parental disability, death, imprisonment, substance abuse and child neglect, abuse or abandonment.

For more information about assistance available for grandparents and carers who raise and care for children, you can

Statement of Commitment

The Statement of commitment between the Department of Child Safety, foster care services and the carers of Queensland (PDF 732 KB), reflects the importance of sharing our responsibilities and respecting each other's rights in providing the necessary services that keep children and young people safe from harm and