Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, in partnership with The Smith Family (as Communities for Children Facilitating Partner) and Department of Communities – Child Protection and Family Support, FinWA’s BUGK programme aims to provide a safe environment by supporting families who share the commonality of being linked with DCPFS. We offer flexibility in our delivery approach by allowing parents to interact with a parenting programme in whichever delivery method is most comfortable for them:
BUGK has been developed in Australia by the Australian Childhood Foundation as a stand-alone, trauma informed, parenting programme. An independent evaluation by Deakin University found the BUGK programme to be an effective intervention in building positive child-parent relationships, reducing parenting stress and minimising the possibility of harmful parental behaviour towards children
The sessions are delivered over six weeks with the themes of mindfulness and self-reflection threaded throughout the workshops. Using the metaphor of ‘Messages’ to pass on the learnings, parents acquire new skills and knowledge through a combination of reflective discussion, interactive games and activities, visual props, videos, handbooks and parent journals.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the BUGK staff have provided individual, couples and group workshops to families via zoom and video-conferencing. This innovative method of delivery has opened up a number of opportunities to connect with families who make find it difficult to travel to a workshop, including those in rural and outer metropolitan areas.
Fin WA staff have also been trained in Bringing Up Great Kids After Violence. We are exploring ways to partner with other organisations to deliver this specialized and much needed program that assists families to recover and rebuild positive ways of relating after experiencing Family Domestic Violence.
For more information about the Bringing Up Great Kids workshops and playgroup, contact: Jo Ph: 0401 839 766
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