Victorian kinship carers launch their own podcast series

A new series of podcasts for the rapidly growing number of kinship carers in Victoria has begun, with the first program aired on Friday 27 April.

The series is directed at the rapidly increasing number of kinship carers across Victoria and brings broadcast news relevant to all kinship carers, be they formal or informal carers, and be they grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings or close family friends.

Topical issues confronting kinship care are discussed by a range of expert speakers from across a number of sectors, including the community, government, not-for-profit and legal sectors. Topics in line for examination in the first twelve months of podcasts include:

  • The organised kinship care movement in Victoria – is it unique?
  • The new model of kinship care for Victoria – who benefits, does anyone lose?
  • Kinship care families and federal welfare – fair treatment or not?
  • Trauma in children – how to identify it and what to do about it.
  • Carer wellbeing – not a luxury but a crucial element of placement stability.
  • Kinship family rights – where to go to find them written?
  • Education – a pathway for children in kinship care to ‘get on in life’.
  • Kinship care and the law – rights protection or abuse of rights?

Mrs Anne McLeish, Director of Kinship Carers Victoria (KCV) said,

‘These podcasts are designed to reach all kinship carers at their convenience; that is, in their own home and at times which suit them. The issues addressed will be of interest to formal and informal kinship carers alike, and will lift their understanding and knowledge about their role and the social, economic and political circumstances that affect them in their role as people who protect our most vulnerable children from further harm.

Kinship Carers Victoria is particularly pleased to be able to reach all kinship carers through these podcasts. They will provide a way for the most geographically and socially isolated carers to have a connection with the wider world with regard to their role and the views of other kinship carers. KCV hopes that kinship carers will take the opportunities offered to them to nominate issues they want examined and to give feedback about the podcast programs. If the programs benefit even a small number of previously isolated kinship carers it will be well worth the effort to produce them,’ Mrs. McLeish concluded.

Podcast #8

Thanks to the Victorian Government’s new program of support for kinship carers, 30 new kinship care specialists have been employed to support and speak with carers throughout the state. This podcast features snapshots of discussions taken from a recent seminar held to enable carers to meet those kinship care specialists.

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