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August 20, 2018

Intentionally Supporting Residential Care to Become Therapeutic in NSW – ACF and SCU awarded contract to launch an Australian first Resource Centre

A new exciting project which has been contracted by the NSW Government stands to transform the way in which therapeutic residential care is provided to young people. An Australian first, this intermediary resource centre will guide all providers of Intensive Therapeutic Care and showcase the importance of relational ways of understanding how young people can be best supported.

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March 20, 2017

The Sooner the Better

This blog article was authored by Jeanette Miller, Senior Training Consultant in the Parenting and Early Years Program at the Australian Childhood Foundation. We all know about the benefits to children, of early intervention and prevention. In the early years of a child’s life, while his brain is growing faster than it will ever grow …

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June 10, 2016

#childtrauma2016 reflections – Day 3 – Lisa Ranahan

This article was authored by Lisa Ranahan, Program Manager, Therapeutic Care at the Australian Childhood Foundation. So, we have come to the middle day of five days of thought provoking, stimulating, sometimes overwhelming learning and sharing. Today is a day where I feel I need to reflect on the range of key messages that stood …

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June 8, 2016

#childtrauma2016 reflections – Day 2 – Noel MacNamara

This article was authored by Noel Macnamara, National Manager, Research and Policy at the Australian Childhood Foundation. During Tuesday’s plenary session Professor Tronick pointed out that ‘humans are meaning makers’. This caused me to reflect on the meaning that all the participants are making of the experience of the conference. I spent the first day …

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May 18, 2016

Sibling Sexual Abuse Series – Part 3

This article was authored by Jaclyn Guest, Senior Counsellor, Child Trauma Service Victoria, at the Australian Childhood Foundation. This post marks the third in our series on responding to sibling sexual abuse (you can read part 1 here, and part 2 here). In the past two articles, we have posted about sibling sexual abuse and …

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May 11, 2016

Sibling Sexual Abuse Series – Part 2

This article was authored by Jaclyn Guest, Senior Counsellor, Child Trauma Service Victoria, at the Australian Childhood Foundation. The proposal of a Single Clinician Approach This is the second post in our series looking at responding to sibling sexual abuse. In our last post, Cyra Fernandes blogged about sibling sexual abuse: what it is, how …

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September 2, 2015

Using the Mr. Men characters – themes in counselling

This article was authored by Sharon Duthie, Senior Counsellor, Child Trauma Service Victoria, at the Australian Childhood Foundation. “Who’s this?” I inquired pointing at the self-portrait my seven year old client had painted. “It’s Mr. Nobody!” the child exclaimed as if it were obvious. “Oh!” I said. “I wonder what it’s like to be Mr. …

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November 12, 2014

In 2014, how willing are we to act to protect children from abuse and exploitation?

This article was co-authored by Joe Tucci & Janise Mitchell, CEO and Deputy CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation. We have worked on three major community attitude studies about child abuse and child protection at the Foundation (you can find these here). In 2003, we found that the community was extremely ambivalent about trusting children’s …

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