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 Australian Childhood Foundation

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 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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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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October 28, 2015

Developmental Trauma Informed Maps… Why do we need them?

What is a Developmental Trauma Informed Map? This grandly titled document actually asks participants to articulate the core messages of this body of knowledge and think about how it can underpin practice on a daily basis. Marina Dickson explains more...

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October 8, 2015

Child Centred Practice Part 4

In this, the fourth article in our series, we will look at why an understanding of child development is important to organisations aiming to be child centred in their delivery.

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August 7, 2015

Child Centred Practice – Part 3

In today’s post, the third in our series on Child Centred Practice, we will look at what it means not only to listen to children but also to prioritise the voice of the child.

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June 18, 2015

What does it mean to be Child Centred? Part 2

This post is the second in our series looking at Child Centred Practice, exploring the first of four principles of child centred practice that can inform policies, processes and actions: Recognising Critical Timeframes. 

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April 16, 2015

What does it mean to be Child Centred?

Anyone who has worked with children in a professional setting will likely have heard the term ‘child-centred’ used to describe an approach, a policy or a way of working with children. It is written into legislation around Australia and seen as a desirable way of approaching child protection by many.  Some organisations – like the Foundation – also describe themselves as being child-centred as a central principle informing all that they do.  But what does it mean?

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