Strengthening Children & Families

This project involved the translation of evidence into practical resources that provide guidance on how to address the impacts of disasters and other major emergencies on child mental health and wellbeing, family function and positive parenting. The evidence drew from our previous research studies including Beyond Bushfires, the Strengthening School Communities study, PhD research into parenting after disasters, and the study of Long term disaster impacts on children.


Strengthening Children & Families following Disasters and Major Emergencies was a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Australian Red Cross, Phoenix Australia Centre of Posttraumatic Mental Health, Vic Department of Education and Training and community stakeholders.

Project summary

Red Cross guide to recovery resources for children and families

Emergencies by their very nature are disruptive and can be very stressful. The recovery process can take time, sometimes months, even years. There are now a number of resources out there to support families in their recovery. They all provide similar information, so we suggest going to a source you trust. Here is a guide to some of the informed resources that are currently out there.

This guide has been prepared by Australian Red Cross as part of our shared project: Strengthening Children & Families.

Resources guide

Helping children and young people cope with crisis - booklet for parents and caregivers to help understand stress, trauma, the reactions of children and young people (aged 0-25), how to respond to their needs, sleep, the media, looking after yourself and suggested activities.

Parenting: coping with crisis - This booklet provides reflections on and suggestions for parenting during or after a crisis. It includes tips on coping with crisis while parenting, finding your new normal and helpful resources.


This project was made possible by the generous funding provided by Gandel Philanthropy, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, Colliers Charitable Fund and Perpetual 2019 IMPACT Philanthropy.


Contact Name
Professor Lisa Gibbs