Bridges out of Poverty

This workshop equips educators, ancillary staff and allied health professionals with the tools to work with children and families affected by intergenerational poverty.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional), access and inclusion
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, resources (books, kits, manuals)
  • Strength of evidence: Level 5 – Foundational research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains: Physical health and wellbeing – physical independence
  • Item cost: Variable

Program description

Based on Dr Ruby K. Payne's A Framework for Understanding Poverty, this training workshop has been developed specifically for the education sector. It aims to give educators and ancillary staff, as well as allied health professionals, tools to address the complexities, including educational challenges, of working with children and families who have experienced intergenerational poverty.

Participants gain knowledge, understanding and tools to tackle sensitive issues in respectful and constructive ways. Potential solutions are practical and strategic, addressing everyday interactions through to policy implications.

Detailed cost

Costs vary depending on the provider and location. Please contact providers directly.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: educators who work with disadvantaged families.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: a book describing the framework taught in the workshops can be bought online; a training supplement is also available online. Workshop participants receive a companion workbook.
  • Program adaptability: Australian providers can tailor training to address the specific needs of different sectors or communities.
  • Training requirements: participants attend two days of training; day one is a prerequisite for day two. Training days can be consecutive or spaced to give participants time to integrate the material, if necessary.
  • Australian experience: the training has been delivered across Australia and is suitable for the Victorian context.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

Partnerships with families.

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.