This page contains a list of useful websites relating to children, family and the wider community. The growing list contains government websites as well as non-profit bodies. Websites are listed by country in alphabetical order.

Australia

Australian Institute of Family Studies

australian-institute-of-family-studiesThe Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing. Their role is to increase understanding of factors affecting how Australian families function by conducting research and publishing the findings. Work conducted by AIFS’ researchers provides an evidence base for developing policy and practice related to the wellbeing of families in Australia.

Free resources include current and past issues of Family Matters Journal, research papers and reports, factsheets, commissioned reports and submissions.

https://aifs.gov.au/

Child Family Community

child-family-communityChild Family Community Australia (CFCA) is an information exchange for practitioners, policy makers, service providers and researchers working with children, families and communities. CFCA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services.

A comprehensive list of free publications (filtered by subject) is available for download.

https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/

Early Childhood Australia

early-childhood-australiaEarly Childhood Australia (ECA) is a non-profit organisation that promotes and works towards what is best for children and the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector. Since 1938, ECA’s main focus has been advocacy, influencing many significant issues relevant to the care, wellbeing and education of young children in Australia. ECA develop projects in the sector and produce a variety of resources by way of subscription-based publications for members and the broader sector which includes early childhood educators, services, academics and students. Their vision is that every young child is thriving and learning.

Free resources on child health and nutrition, sleeping, separation anxiety and transitioning to school. Many other quality resources available for purchase.

http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au

KidsMatter

kidsmatterKidsMatter is an Australian mental health and well-being initiative set in primary schools and early childhood education and care services (like preschools, kindergartens and day care centres). It’s a framework that helps these places take care of children’s mental health needs by:

  • creating positive school and early childhood communities
  • teaching children skills for good social and emotional development
    working together with families
  • recognising and getting help for children with mental health problems.

KidsMatter was developed by mental health professionals and education and childcare staff in response to the high rates of school-age children with mental health difficulties and the problems they face getting help. It is is a partnership between education and health sectors and is funded by the Australian Government and beyondblue.

KidsMatter resources for educators and families include a comprehensive list of free eBooks (PDF format), videos, posters, factsheets and action plans.

http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/

USA

ChildTrauma Academy

CTA is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. They recognize the crucial importance of childhood experience in shaping the health of the individual, and ultimately, society. By creating biologically-informed child and family respectful practice, programs and policy, CTA seeks to help maltreated and traumatized children.

Free resources include a library of documents, audio and video for carers related to abuse and neglect, fear, early childhood and development, violence and PTSD.

http://childtrauma.org

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

https://www.childwelfare.gov