FCAV Information Sheets

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Emotion Regulation Tools


Carers Recommend: 


Emotion Flip Charts: https://www.thecoffeeapple.com.au/products/feelingsflips 

Mightier Emotional Regulation Game (The Mightier App): www.mightier.com - Creates a world of fun games where your child can learn and practice visualizing and managing their emotions. It has been tested by Boston Hospital and Harvard University the cost is $28 per month on a 12 month plan but has a free one month trial


Kathleen Cater: http://mettahp.com.au/learning-tools/DEB 2


Free guided mediationDEB1

Smiling Minds: https://www.smilingmind.com.au

Free Mindfulness & Meditation programs are designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress and challenges of daily life. We offer programs for:

Yogi Girl at www.cosmickids.com- Making yoga and mindfulness fun for kids on YouTube. And is really interactive!

Headspace: http://www.headspace.com Also has their own mindfulness app so check it out! 


Dr. Rick Hanson: Taking in the Good – on YouTube as well as one he did last year with his son, Forrest: Tips for taking in the good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUTHfl60Liw

He also has a website: https://www.rickhanson.net/

Weekly newsletter: https://www.rickhanson.net/writings/just-one-thing/newsletter-thank-you/


Dan Siegel Hand Model of the brain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-m2YcdMdFw


Financial Support Recommended by carers:


Villa Maria: State funding (VMCS): Every carer’s needs are a little bit different and it’s easy to get lost when trying to understand your options. Our Case Managers take the time to understand your stressors and identify what support services are right for you. We also check in from time-to-time, making sure that as your needs change so does your support.

Some of the short term supports Villa Maria offer are:

  • Home care services, like meal preparation, laundry and gardening
  • Flexible respite
  • Support in an unexpected situation
  • Education and information
  • Wellbeing activities

For new referrals contact: 1300 698 624 or mysupport@vmch.com.au

For event information contact: 1300 971 720 or carereventseast@vmch.com.au

https://vmch.com.au/services/carer-support/     p: 1300 971 720      vmch.com.au


Carer Gateway: Federal Funding: https://www.carergateway.gov.au/

Getting help through Carer Gateway

Carer Gateway aims to make your life easier. By calling Carer Gateway, you will be connected with a new Australia-wide network of Carer Gateway service providers. They will talk through what you need and help you to find local services and support to help you.

Who can use Carer Gateway?

All carers can access Carer Gateway services. You are a carer if you are looking after someone with disability, a medical condition, mental illness or who is frail due to age.

You don't need to be a new carer to use Carer Gateway services – any carer can use the services at any time in their caring journey.

How can I get help?

When you call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737, you will reach a Carer Gateway service provider in your area. A trained worker will be available to talk with you and then help you to find services and support to meet your needs.

Carer services are available through a new Australia-wide network of Carer Gateway service providers.


Association for children with a disability: https://www.acd.org.au/

ACD offers a free support line to families of a child with a disability and also have on line resources.

The easiest way to contact them is to:

Email acdsupport@acd.org.au with your preferred day and time for a call back

Or text 0475 577 997 with your preferred day and time for a call back

Or call 03 9880 7000 or 1800 654 013 (regional)


Some of the most important tips for carers include:

  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Take time for yourself (e.g. respite services)
  • Exercise, eat healthily and sleep well.
  • Relax regularly.
  • Keep up social contacts.
  • Attend a carersgroup for support.
  • Access all available services and funding.
  • Acknowledge and deal with feelings.




An Australian website that provides up-to-date, evidence-based information about raising children and caring for yourself as a parent or carer.



Dr. Siegel's hand model of the brain - explains in simple terms why adults and kids "flip their lids" when in distress.



Being a Foster Carer
Leaving Care
CIMS (Client Incident Management System)


The Quality of Care process of investigating alleged harm whilst in care has now been replaced with the new Client Incident Management System (CIMS) and was implemented as of the 15 January 2018. Whilst the new CIMS processes and procedures may differ, the focus remains the same; that is, the safety and wellbeing of the child is paramount.

One of the fundamental differences of the new CIMS however, is the commitment by the DHHS that this new process ensures a stronger focus on the most serious client incidents, as well as focusing on the impact on the client (as opposed to the incident itself).


For more information please look at the CIMS Guide for OOHC Carers and the DHHS website.