In Victoria during 2018-19, 34 children aged 10-13 years were in detention and all were unsentenced. While the number of children is low, the costs of incarceration to these children, their families, their communities and society are high.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub
Important information about how we are supporting our carers, children, young people and their family members as well as OzChild staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Important information about how we are responding to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Considering the important preventative measures now being enforced in our communities to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, OzChild has made the difficult decision to close all OzChild office sites until further notice.
We continue to remain focussed on delivering our services remotely to support children, young people and families during this challenging time.
How we are supporting our carers, children, young people, clients and staff
We are focused on ensuring the sustainability of our workforce and delivery of services to support our clients. We are working hard to maintain our services while keeping everyone safe during these uncertain times.
OzChild has reviewed its practices to ensure the safety of all carers, children, young people, clients and staff, and to reduce risks, OzChild staff are following strict protocols around our practices and the way in which we work. Individual situations are being assessed daily and staff are taking all necessary precautions to keep themselves, children, young people and families safe.
We understand the unfolding and serious nature of this virus is causing significant concern in the community and want all members of the OzChild family to know we are doing everything we can to ensure our carers, children, young people and their family members are well supported during this time.
Foster and kinship carers
OzChild is working with Government and the sector to look at how we support foster and kinship carers in this exceptionally hard time. This includes how carers are financially supported.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact your case worker to discuss your own personal situation as soon as possible. OzChild are committed to working with individual carers to ensure that they can continue to care.
If you need additional support, there are several hotlines available to help you through these difficult times.
Useful links and resources
Ensure you stay up to date with the latest information, news, and resources.
- A-Z activities at home with the family
- Australian Government Department of Health
- Coronavirus Australia app for Apple
- Coronavirus Australia app for Android
- Coronavirus WhatsApp group
- COVIBOOK – a child-friendly explanation of Coronavirus
- Gus talks COVID-19: animations to help explain COVID-19 to kids
- Head to Health: mental health resources
- Information on social distancing
- #InThisTogether campaign: tips for mental health and wellbeing from the National Mental Health Commission
- Isolation guidance
- Many Ways to Share A Hug – animated story for kids
- Recognising the impact on your mental health
- Self-assessment for risk of Coronavirus
- Talking to children about COVID-19 story
- Ten ways to reduce your risk of Coronavirus
- What Coronavirus means for families and children
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