Vic Government pledges online support for families as state of emergency talks continue

Vic Government pledges online support for families as state of emergency talks continue

by Freya Lucas

August 27, 2020

The Victorian Government has offered further support to parents and carers managing home learning during the coronavirus pandemic by providing a range of free online resources.


Practical skills, knowledge and strategies for managing the lockdown period and remote learning were presented during a webinar with child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg held on Tuesday 25 August. Following high demand, a second session of the webinar will be held Tuesday 15 September.


“Coronavirus has turned the lives of many Victorian families upside down, asking them yet again to navigate a new reality of remote learning, working from home and for some, financial hardship.


“Never has it been more important to provide families with simple, practical and evidence-based strategies to help them maintain the family’s wellbeing and build resilience” Dr Carr-Gregg said.


The webinars focus on strategies and tools to help families manage their wellbeing, including establishing a supportive parental role and dealing with uncertainty and disappointment. Families will also have an opportunity to ask Dr Carr-Gregg questions.


In addition to the webinars with Dr Carr-Gregg, the Victorian Government has partnered with Raising Children Network and funded a 10-episode podcast called ‘Raising Learners’ featuring parenting experts from organisations including the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Career Education Association Victoria and eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman-Grant.


The first three episodes will be launched on 1 September, the remaining episodes will be available throughout Term Three and Four. Raising Learners will be available via Raising Children Network and podcast apps.


Registrations for the second webinar, which will now be held on Tuesday 15 September at 7:30pm, are available here