Prosody Blog

Prosody is the pitch and tone of the human voice. It is the very essence of connection. Our blog hosts articles and stories dedicated to innovation, research and practice with children and young people.

April 12, 2021

Student Reflection – A Social Work Placement with ACF

This blog article was written by Morgan Evans, a 4th-year social work student at La Trobe University who recently completed her social work placement with the Australian Childhood Foundation. In a year full of so many challenges and uncertainty for many, I was privileged enough to obtain a constant, purposeful and fulfilling experience throughout COVID-19 on my very …

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April 9, 2021

Heart to Heart Cards – A reflective tool for exploring the meaning of our closest relationships

This ‘Heart to Heart’ blog article was written by Angela Weller, Program Manager, Service Development and Projects at the Australian Childhood Foundation. “Love is the warmth and light that should bathe all childrens little hearts”  Several years ago I was introduced to a book by Drew Barrymore called Find it in Everything. It is a book of photographs taken …

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March 10, 2021

Explosive Adolescence

This blog is written by Pat Jewell, Manager of Parenting and the Early Years Program at the Australian Childhood Foundation. When there is an adolescent in the house there is often tension as the parents and the adolescent try to work out how to relate to each other in this new and different landscape. During …

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December 17, 2020

Rock cairns, reflections and lessons from 2020

This blog article was written by Chris Cussen, a Senior Advisor in the Therapeutic Services of the Australian Childhood Foundation.   A friend introduced me to proper hiking when I was in my early 20s. I learned about things like switchbacks, trangias, scroggin, gaiters, and cairns as a part of this new adventure. Cairns are …

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December 15, 2020

T’was the weeks before Christmas

This blog was written by Noel MacNamara, Executive Manager of Research and Policy at The Australian Childhood Foundation. ‘Tis the season to be dysregulated Fa la la la la, la la la la! Christmas is a very special time of the year for so many of us. Despite our heartfelt desire to provide fun and …

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December 11, 2020

Message of Hope

This article was written by Noel MacNamara, Executive Manager, Research & Policy at the Australian Childhood Foundation, Deputy Director, Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care and Carer. Two years ago, we were called to our kinship care child’s school almost daily. Sometimes she had disrupted other children, sometimes she had poked someone with a pencil, one …

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November 27, 2020

Parenting After Family Violence Program

Women and their children are traumatised by the experience of family violence. It terrifies them. It destabilises the foundations of their world. It undermines the strengths of their relationships. It can overwhelm them. Family violence is experienced deep in the minds and bodies of those who experience it. They see it. They often hear it. …

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November 26, 2020

Christmas Isn’t Always Fun for Kids in Care

This article was written by Noel MacNamara, Executive Manager, Research & Policy at the Australian Childhood Foundation and Deputy Director, Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in the fun and happiness of Christmas and forget that, for others, the season isn’t necessarily a joyful one. For some …

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November 13, 2020

Empowering Carers with SPACE

This blog article was written by Colin Hayes, Therapeutic Specialist and Shaun Chandran, Manager, Therapeutic Services, Western Australia. In October 2020, the Australian Childhood Foundation launched OurSPACE WA: a new state-wide therapeutic consultation and support service in Western Australia for Department of Communities foster and family carers, where the placement may be under stress and/or …

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October 28, 2020

Creating safety through small acts of reconciliation

This blog article was written by Sue Buratti, Program Manager, Therapeutic Services, NSW.  “At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians”. ( OurSPACE is a new program in the NSW landscape. It was funded in October 2019 and started receiving …

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