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.

September 10, 2021

Child Abuse Remains Unseen and Ignored

This ‘Child Abuse Remains Unseen and Ignored’ blog article was written by Dr Joe Tucci, CEO at the Australian Childhood Foundation and Janise Mitchell, Deputy CEO at the Australian Childhood Foundation and Director of the Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care. Click here to read the full Still Unseen and Ignored report and to learn …

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October 9, 2020

Children’s mental health starts with adults

This article was written by Dr Joe Tucci, psychologist and social worker and the CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation. When children see painted wooden spoons appearing in a garden bed in their neighbourhood, they stop and point to them. For them, they are not just wooden spoons. They see them as little people. Spoonville …

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September 15, 2020

Putting children first in legislation

This article was written by Lauren Thomas, Program Manager – Service Development and Projects at the Australian Childhood Foundation. In December it will be 30 years since Australia ratified the United Nations Charter for the Rights of Children (UNCRC). For thirty years we have agreed – along with almost every other nation in the world now – …

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September 7, 2020

Do we really put children first?

This article was written by Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation.  I have a problem with Child Protection Week. It is important. Actually, it is vital. Starting yesterday, on Father’s Day, Australia is acknowledging its 30th such week. I have been involved in almost 25 of them as the CEO of the Australian …

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July 28, 2020

Relationships matter 

This article was written by Claudia O’Hara, a Therapeutic Specialist at the Australian Childhood Foundation, working in the ACT Together consortium. It is with a full and joyous heart that I read my daughter’s end of year school report. Not because she had aced maths and English… she hadn’t! Or because she had excelled in the debate …

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July 20, 2020

In his shoes – Bringing our children home to safety with fetta cheese and peanut butter

This article was written by Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation A few weeks ago, a remarkable story unfolded. A young boy with autism went missing in the Victorian bush. The state held its collective breath for three days before there was good news.   The volunteers and police who found young William Callaghan put themselves into …

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July 10, 2020

The best thing to tell your kids

This article is written by Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation. An earlier version appeared in the Herald Sun as an Op-Ed on the 22 March 2019. It has been a topsy turvy year so far. Our children were really scared during the bushfires. They saw nature burning, they felt the smoke …

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July 1, 2020

In her shoes

This article was written by Alice Lieshout, Therapeutic Specialist for the Australian Childhood Foundation.   THE MOVE  I hate that my life turned out this way. I didn’t think life could get any worse living with mum, but then I entered resi. I hate everything about this place. The smell, the people, my empty room, the other …

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June 9, 2020

Abused children feel like this all the time

This post was written by Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation. At some point, COVID-19 has made us all feel vulnerable. We have been worried about our jobs, our health, and how far-reaching its impact will be. We have been afraid that we might lose someone we love to the virus. We …

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May 28, 2020

Back to school in a COVID-19 world

This blog is authored by Lauren Thomas, Professional Community Engagement Manager at the Australian Childhood Foundation.  Over the past few weeks, and this week in Victoria, schools are beginning to reopen their doors for students post the Corona Virus lockdown. There are mixed feelings for all involved. During this period of lock-down Australians (indeed people all over …

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