Support for Children

We recognise that of the 1022 households affected, many are families with children.

The Mr Fluffy issue has been an emotive one for owners affected as they have needed to make a series of difficult decisions around the future of their properties. Children often pick up on some of the stresses this can bring.

Children have amazing resilience and an ability to enjoy life despite difficult circumstances.

The Taskforce has worked with community organisations, schools, counselling services and child psychologist and health professionals to provide resources and activities which give children an opportunity to separate out their thoughts and feelings about the situation from their parents' perceptions and emotional responses.

Process

  • The network of school counsellers in the ACT have been engaged from the beginning of the Voluntary Buyback Program to provide support to all families and particularly those with adolescent children.
  • Young children experiencing change from the Mr Fluffy situation, including moving home, have a special booklet to help them move forward in their own way. CHAMPS: a change management program for preschool and primary school age children, was been developed by Wendy Hegarty, a teacher and early childhood leader with over 30 years experience, has also been impacted by Mr Fluffy.
  • Community service organisations have provided opportunities for families with children of all ages to come together through a range of activities from Paint and Play to Basketball.

Key Contacts

  • Hardcopy of the CHAMPS booklet contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81
  • Lifeline (24 hours) 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
  • School Counselors
  • Employment Assistance Program (EAP)
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