We believe that children will benefit when those around them are well resourced with the knowledge and practice frameworks that are able to improve outcomes for children who have experienced abuse, family violence and neglect.
We ground all our work in relationships, and believe in the power of partnerships to improve outcomes for children and young people. Both our Therapeutic Framework and our Knowledge to Action frameworks are practised in and prioritise relationships for success.
Our Therapeutic Framework work utilises the knowledge about the neurobiology of child development, trauma and attachment and we understand that children need healthy and supportive relationships to thrive. There are nine principles which underpin our therapeutic framework and describe how trauma makes its impact. You can read more about these nine principles on our blog.
Knowledge to Action Framework
Our Knowledge to Action Framework extends this knowledge into our partnerships with other organisations working with children and young people.
ACF provides therapeutic care for children who have experienced sexual assault, physical abuse or family violence.
We also work with partner organisations to deliver a range of therapeutic and carer training services.
ACF offers a suite of education programs and activities for professionals.
These initiatives are designed to help individuals and organisations better respond to the needs of traumatised children and young people in a range of settings.
ACF is committed to helping organisations protect children from abuse and exploitation by their employees and volunteers.
We have designed a range of support activities over 10 years of research – and through our own experience with children who have been harmed.
At ACF, we believe that all parents benefit from support and information.
Designed for families of all backgrounds, our Bringing Up Great Kids program uses web-based resources and face-to-face seminars to improve parent-child relationships and build parenting confidence.
ACF offers a range of school training programs and services to improve staff knowledge and wellbeing – to foster student wellbeing.
We help educators create trauma-sensitive environments and support their students in the best ways possible.
We look for every opportunity to share our expertise and create new knowledge in partnership with like-minded organisations.
Our scientific research brings transformative projects to life – and creates lasting change for children and young people affected by trauma.
We have established research partnerships with Southern Cross University, QUT and the University of Sydney, and have provided policy and program consultancy for a number of state government departments about trauma-informed practice for children, families and carers. We have a number of international research and teaching partnerships with the University of North Carolina (USA), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in Boulder Colorado (USA) and the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Network (USA).
Our blog, Prosody, has an international readership of over 140,000 professionals who work to support vulnerable children, young people and their families.
The blog enables members of this community to share their research, resources, insights and practice application with others to improve outcomes for children.
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