Sibs and physical harm (2012)

For some time Siblings Australia has been concerned about the issue of siblings being physically hurt by a brother or sister with disability. We understand this is a sensitive topic but we have developed a very short anonymous survey for parents, providers and siblings themselves to share their experiences of this issue. We hope to gain more insight in order to ensure improved support for families. The surveys have now closed.
A blog, including a link to a draft report on this survey is available here. Click on June to reach the relevant discussion.

Adult Sibling Project (2009)

Funded by the Julia Farr McLeod Benevolent Fund

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. 
We welcome feedback/comments on the findings.
Related to this work is a White Paper developed by the Sibling Leadership Network in the United States.

Australian Sibling Support Scoping Project (2009)

Funded by Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

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.