Child Aware Approach
What do we do?
Focus on the needs of children in every aspect of our work. CAA aims to encourage all children to not just be safe at all times, but also to have the opportunity to flourish or thrive.
All of our staff and volunteers routinely undertake Child Safe Environment training. CAA builds on this and aims for all children to not just be safe at all times, but also to have the opportunity to flourish or thrive.
What does CAA mean for our families and children?
A family of four were stranded on the outskirts of Pirie after their car broke down en route from Perth to Sydney to see elderly ill parents. It was a very hot summer day. Our worker first looked at the needs of the children – sat them in the air conditioned car, gave them cool drinks with parents consent. She made sure that the children were safe and their needs met in the first instance. The family were provided with tents at the Beach Caravan Park. The car was not repairable. We assisted them with bus tickets to Sydney. CAA....children’s needs always come first....
A pregnant Mum was advised to do a parenting course to help her gain access to her 3 year old boy. When our worker started to work with Mum, she soon realised that there were significant and diverse issues impacting on this family. Our worker referred Mum to a network of support services to assist her and the unborn child. This Mum was empowered to help herself, her boy and baby with our intervention. Small steps. Encouraging the opportunity for all children to flourish. That’s what CAA is about.
A local school declined a previous offer for a friendship bench. Our worker approached the school again (nervously)- suggesting that children help to choose the design and location. The children started talking amongst themselves and became excited about their Friendship Bench. CAA is about working with children, identifying their dreams, listening to them, giving them the opportunity to thrive.
What guides our CAA Journey?
Do we have a GPS? Yes – we measure our progress with our Rubric.
This evaluation tool assesses a range of areas—policies and procedures, child focus within programs, leadership, maintaining focus internally and externally.
Total of 14 CAA training sessions held since July 2012, inc 8 in 2013 by CAA Champions
Our CAA model was presented at the 2013 CAA National Conference, our CAA journey continues as we promote CAA through volunteers & carers, plus externally in 2014
We aimed to recruit 12 CAA Champions – 17 were nominated in 2012, 4 more joined us in 2014.
Comments from our CAA Training include:
“Excellent program with content all people should be aware of.”
“Very informative, engaging, interactive and fun.”
“I think that all organisations who deal with children should have to do this training.”
“Very professional. Different speakers adds variety. Thanks to the superstars for a fun and professional presentation.”
“I found the presentation useful and will put it into practice in both my work and personal life”.
Key Funding Source
UnitingCare Wesley Country SA Board
Who can we help?
Everyone, especially families with children. CAA includes our Foster Carers, Volunteers and all staff.
Who can you contact?
CAA Program Manager, or CAA Champions.
Where are we based?
Across all sites.
What areas do we cover?
All of the UCWCSA region.
Referrals can be made through the CAA Program Manager.