Prosody Blog

Articles and conversations dedicated to innovation, research and practice with children and young people in need of support, protection and care

September 13, 2018

Child Protection Week

This blog article was written by Noel Macnamara, National Manager Policy and Research at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   It’s been over a week since child protection week. A great opportunity for us to reflect on how we care for the more vulnerable children and young people in our community. I am reminded of the …

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May 7, 2018

Managing critical incidents to protect children – Part 1

Rhiannon Wright looks at what the essential elements of a critical incident management system are; elements that promote both the well being of children and the strengthening of systems.

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April 7, 2017

How to overcome ‘Start Again’ syndrome in Child Protection

Lisa Grobleben describes elements of ‘Start Again’ syndrome in Child Protection work and the difficulties experienced by child protection workers in making assessment of parental capacity.  

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August 10, 2016

Changes to NSW Child Protection Legislation

On 2 November 2015, The NSW Government introduced reforms to strengthen the protection of children, particularly in situations where they are not in the care of their parents or families. These changes have been made under the Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2015 and affect all employers and organisations providing child-related services with roles that require a Working With Children Check (WWCC) clearance.   A summary of the changes, as provided by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian can be found in this blog entry.  

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December 14, 2015

Practice Leadership – Part 2

The second in a two part series on Practice Leadership written by Deputy CEO Janise Mitchell.  This entry particularly looks at what a Practice Leader does.

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October 20, 2015

Practice Leadership – Part 1

This is the first in a two part series on Practice Leadership written by Deputy CEO Janise Mitchell.  This entry particularly looks at what a Practice Leader is in the context of Child Protection. 

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July 20, 2015

A New Integration

Strengths based trauma-informed practice in child protection

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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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March 26, 2015

The Uncertainty of Child Protection

Child protection is a minefield of impossible decisions. Children live with the consequences of each judgement, each choice. Here, Joe Tucci looks at the difficulties of working within and alongside Child Protection, calling for support as well as scrutiny for its workers.

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November 25, 2014

Changes in child protection law – what you need to know

Our work with the Safeguarding Children Program sees us connecting with a wide variety of organisations around Australia who are working with children and young people.  One issue that proves tricky for many, is the constantly changing legislative landscape.  We thought we might use this post to bring you up to date with some of the new laws in Victoria that affect ALL ADULTS in Victoria. We will look at other states and territories in subsequent posts.

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