The award-winning Raising Children website is set to help more Australian families, thanks to funding announced by Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families, Housing, Communities and Indigenous Affairs, during National Families Week.
The Raising Children website will expand to provide helpful tools and resources covering the pre-teen and teenage years, as well as enhancing the site’s ability to meet the needs of a diverse range of Australian families, including those from non-English speaking and indigenous backgrounds, through the addition of new and innovative visual-based and interactive information resources.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to broaden and, in a sense, fully realise the Raising Children Network’s mission to support parents across the board,” said Warren Cann, Executive Director of the Parenting Research Centre, one of the three organisations making up the Raising Children Network consortium.
“Having developed the website and the Raising Children DVD to support parents in the early years, we’re delighted that we can now expand that support – reaching not only into the critical adolescent years, but also reaching out to families who need additional assistance to access online support,” added Divonne Holmes à Court, one of the Raising Children Network directors.
Since launching in 2006, raisingchildren.net.au has established itself as the most reliable online resource delivering expert, user-friendly information about all aspects of raising children (newborn to eight) for Australian families. Both the website and companion Raising Children DVD have won a host of interactive, multimedia and education awards in recent years – testament to the innovative, engaging and comprehensive nature of the Raising Children Network’s existing resources.
The Raising Children Network is excited to commence this new work, and acknowledges the Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting Australian families through the provision of reliable information. These additional resources, set to cost $4.3 million over four financial years, are due for completion in late 2011.
The Raising Children Network (RCN), is a consortium made up of three early childhood organisations: Smart Population Foundation (SPF); the Parenting Research Centre (PRC); and the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.
Fiona Wicks, Raising Children Network
Phone: 0408 868 688