Sibs and physical harm (2012)
Adult Sibling Project (2009)
The initiative, carried out in 2009, involved the development of written and web-based resources for adult siblings, and aimed to strengthen the relationships between people with special needs and their brothers or sisters. The sibling relationship is the longest of any. It usually lasts long after parents are able to care for a person with disabilities. Siblings can play a key role in the emotional and social health of the person with special needs. However sometimes these relationships can be strained or severed due to childhood difficulties.
Australian Sibling Support Scoping Project (2009)
Over the period April to August 2009, Siblings Australia mapped the current practices around Australia undertaken by the various organisations involved in sibling support programs.The aim of this research was to develop a greater understanding of the approaches and models currently being used, the evaluation which has been done, measures used for evaluation as well as enable us to identify gaps in support for siblings. The results of this research was presented at the Siblings Australia conference in November 2009, and included an update of our Directory of Services.
It was hoped that this research would assist in the development of standard evaluation measures for sibling support programs, shared policies and procedures between organisations, and the development of ‘best practice’ guidelines. The research showed that there was a huge need for greater co-ordination, collaboration and further resources and skill development by providers around Australia. However, a proposal to FAHCSIA for funding to carry out this work was not supported.