TeEACH (Transforming Early Education and Child Health Research Centre ) is organising an interactive symposium: “Children and their Families Need Social Connection to Thrive” on Wednesday 2 November 2022 from 9.00 – 16.00 AEDT, 23.00 (1 Nov) – 6.00 (2 Nov) CET.
Social (dis)connection is a critical social policy issue, with one in three Australians reporting that they feel extended periods of loneliness. We know from a broad body of research that children are healthier, happier, and learn better when surrounded by community and feel a sense of place, identity and belonging. It has never been more critical to re-energise the notion that it takes a village to raise healthy children.
Community connectedness is the glue that can reintegrate a disparate service system while supporting sustained, meaningful change long after programs end. Researchers at TeEACH are interested in understanding the strengths, resilience, and resources present within every community.
This interactive symposium brings together the voices of children, families, policymakers, service providers, volunteers and researchers to explore new ways of thinking about community connectedness and how to champion it for children and their families.