A Professional Community
Welcome to the Australian Childhood Foundation’s Professional Community. We’re glad you’re here!Learn more
About the Community
We are deeply committed to supporting professionals to end the trauma of abuse, exploitation and neglect suffered by children and young people.
We do that by mobilising knowledge in practical and evidence-based ways that help you to better support children and young people. Our training, tools and resources draw on the Foundation’s rich history of over 30 years working with children and young people, as well as working with leading thinkers in the fields of neuroscience, trauma and safeguarding. We also integrate cultural wisdom, lived experience and the voices of children and young people through innovative, co-designed initiatives.
International Childhood Trauma Conference 2025
17 August - 22 August 2025
Melbourne Convention Centre
Our conference has moved to 2025
We have new and returning speakers already locked in: Rachel Yehuda, Deb Dana, Ruth Lanius, Lisa Barrett, Cathy Malchiodi, Bethany Brand, Dan Hughes, Jon Baylin, Kim Golding, Lou Cozolino, Judy Atkinson, Arielle Schwartz (USA) + many more.Learn more
Trauma Responsive Practice in Education
Trauma Responsive Practice in Education is a self-paced online course, bringing together our experience over the past 20 years in training and supporting teachers, other school personnel and early years professionals to engage in trauma responsive practice with vulnerable children and young people in a range of settings.
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Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care
The Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care (CETC) is a division of Australian Childhood Foundation that mobilises knowledge about “what works” in out-of-home care. The CETC integrates research evidence with cultural knowledge, practice wisdom and the voices of young people in care to produce reports, practice resources and training to support the provision of high-quality, evidence-informed therapeutic care.
The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse (the National Centre) is a partnership between three leading national organisations – Blue Knot Foundation, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation and Australian Childhood Foundation. Established in 2021, following a recommendation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the National Centre will commission critical research, build the capability of practitioners and organisations, raise community awareness and reduce stigma. Central to all the National Centre’s work is drawing from and elevating the voices of victims and survivors of all ages, life stages and communities.
What are the overarching principles underpinning our practice with children and families?Learn more
We believe that safety is an intrinsic right that can never be diminished.
We believe that wisdom about child development is at the core of effective practice.
We believe that loving, secure and strong relationships hold the essential resources that children and young people need.
We believe that the nature of children’s experience of violence sets the parameters for how they give meaning to it.
We believe that children and young people’s experience of culture is the way they know their place in their family, their family and their community.
We believe that knowledge drawn from interpersonal neurobiology is a critical lens through which support for children, families and communities needs to be framed.