Child & Family Services

Child FIRST

The Child FIRST program at UMFC is a centralised entry point for referrals and information about the support services offered within the local community. This information service is offered to families, community members and professionals through our intake team.

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Family Services

UMFC’s Family Services Program aims to support parents to better care for and nurture their children. Our purpose is to support families to develop skills not only to reach their current aims but also to support their family to thrive into the future.

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Pre-School Field Officers

Our Preschool Field Officers (PSFO) work alongside early childhood educators and families to support children who attend kindergarten and have additional needs ensuring all children are able to access and learn in the kindergarten program regardless of their abilities.

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Family Violence in a Child’s World

Family Violence in a Child’s World facilitated by UMFC’s Family Violence Child Safety Practitioners is a one day workshop that has been specifically developed for Early Childhood professionals to promote children’s wellbeing through building professionals’ capacity to:

  • Understand what family violence is, how it hurts children and how it impacts their overall development
  • Explore how what we think and feel influences how we work with children who are hurting
  • Recognise and respond to children’s feelings and behaviours – hearing the voice of the child and providing safe responses to their needs
  • Understand how to work safely with children who have/are thought to be experiencing family violence
  • Use of mindfulness & reflection to help engage meaningfully with children
  • Use books and other activities to help children express their emotions safely
  • Explore barriers and strategies for talking to parents about the worries we have for children
  • Know how to talk with parents and provide referral pathways for families in a safe and effective manner

This training is delivered via face to face interactive group discussion, activities, and PowerPoint presentation through a full day’s workshop. Training is available for delivery throughout Victoria, inclusive of regional and rural areas.

If you are interested in this workshop being facilitated at your workplace or within your region please contact Kath Kerin via email:  KKerin@umfc.com.au

 

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UMFC acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work. We acknowledge their culture is a living one, which relates to their ongoing connection to all things living and non-living on land, sea and sky. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. May our children of today lead us to a better tomorrow.

UMFC acknowledges the support of the Victorian and the Australian Governments

Commitment to Child Safety

All children and young people who access UMFC Services have a right to feel and be safe and to be treated with respect. We are committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment and working towards the best interests of children and young people at all times.