Families play a crucial role in the lives of children, providing them with physical, emotional and economic support.
Children living in families without adequate income are at greater risk of poor health and educational outcomes. However, economic disadvantage can be mitigated by the family environment. Families with rich social networks have greater resilience and more resources to assist them in managing their daily lives and problems, factors which promote the healthy development and wellbeing of children1.
The Smith Family’s approach is to work with parents to support their children’s attendance at school. Linking children to Learning for Life sponsorships and programs help to offset the pressures experienced by children growing up in disadvantaged households. Connecting parents to services and programs that exist in local communities strengthens families, which in turn support the children. Programs such as financial and digital literacy programs help parents build confidence, knowledge and skills.