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Exploring Families' Social Connections in Footscray
Strong community connections with early years
services such as child care and play groups not only play a crucial and
significant role in promoting social networking and support to families,
but also serve as a defence mechanism for vulnerable families and
provide children with significant social and psychological development
opportunities. Given the vulnerability in diverse and multicultural communities, the Community Connections project
is exploring where ‘community’ exists within the suburb of Footscray,
how people use their community connections and social networks to gather
information about early childhood development and education services
and how their ‘community connections’ can be utilised to improve access
to and utilisation of these services.
The project is drawing together data from eight open ended focus groups with
parents of children between birth and 10 years. Participants in the
study were purposively sampled geographically to include a diverse range
of experiences and social backgrounds in order to achieve a broad
representation of diversity and multiculturalism in Footscray.
The executive summary is now available, Making Community Connections: Researching factors that impact community engagement with a multicultural suburb
Summaries are also available in English, Arabic, Dinka, Karen and Vietnamese.
The research is led by Dr. Liza Hopkins and Ayuba Issaka at the Education Institute, in collaboration with Centre for Community Child Health.