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 ensuring that approaches that are drawn from and translate critical areas of knowledge and evidence, in particular, the neuroscience of trauma and attachment, cultural wisdom and research about what works. For almost 20 years, we have joined you in forming a community of professionals that share a similar view about the value of such knowledge to a range of sectors involved with children and young people.
Like you, we believe that children benefit when those who work with them are well resourced. That is why we offer opportunities to professionals to connect with us and each other in order to learn, build evidence, interpret knowledge, partner with us to transform practice and be inspired to continue to evolve the services that vulnerable children, young people and their carers and families need.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, children remain at the heart of everything we do
For over 30 years we have supported children and families through times of uncertainty and crisis. Find out how we are continuing to support children during the challenge of COVID-19 and find downloadable resources to help children reduce stress and anxiety.
Trauma Aware and Trauma Responsive Practice in Education
Trauma Responsive Practice in Education brings 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 children and young people in a range of learning settings. More than 40 000 educational professionals have taken part in these programs.
Join Our Professional Community
Register your details here and we will send you regular e-newsletters and free resources about working with children, young people, families and their networks. It is the easiest way to not miss out on news, training, tools, blogs and research from the Foundation.
Help us continue supporting children in isolation
The Foundation remains completely committed to supporting children to heal from the trauma of abuse and violence. It is more critical now than ever to stay connected with these children and we can only do this with your support. We understand that everyone is deeply feeling the pressures of COVID-19 but if you can support us, we would be truly grateful.
Community in action
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.
The Australian Childhood Foundation acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians and owners of this land and waters. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and to the children who are their leaders of tomorrow. We acknowledge their history and living culture and the many thousands of years in which they have raised their children to be safe and strong.