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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.

March 25, 2024

The importance of trauma-sensitive language

‘Trauma-sensitive language’ blog article was written by Sue Buratti, Program Manager, Therapeutic Services at Australian Childhood Foundation. Trauma Responsive Practice is a term commonly used when referring to the way we engage with vulnerable children and young people. However, there can be uncertainty for those who are working with them directly, as to how to activate it.  …

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February 19, 2024

Can we really ‘bounce back’ after experiencing trauma?

‘Can we really ‘bounce back’ after experiencing trauma?’ blog article was written by Sophie Varvel, Team Leader of NSW Therapeutic Services at Australian Childhood Foundation. Let’s reconsider the notion of urging children to ‘bounce back’ after experiencing trauma. In my mind, the phrase conjures images of a bouncy ball, careening off the ground, aiming for great heights. …

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November 14, 2023

Supporting a child who has experienced sexual abuse

‘Supporting a child who has experienced sexual abuse’ blog article was written by Jaimee Stacey, Initial Response Practitioner, Child Trauma Service at Australian Childhood Foundation. It can take an enormous amount of courage and vulnerability for a child or young person to disclose that they have been sexually abused. Often, it can take some time before …

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September 11, 2023

Trauma-informed schools: the essential role of families

‘Trauma-informed schools: the essential role of families’ blog article was written by Celina Sargent, Project Coordinator, Education and Safeguarding Services at Australian Childhood Foundation. Across Australia, more schools are working hard to create the culture, policies and practices that are needed to support trauma-informed practice. But there is more to be done. If you’re a …

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July 10, 2023

Child abuse numbers demand our attention

‘Child abuse numbers demand our attention’ blog article was written by Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of Australian Childhood Foundation. Numbers can often reveal powerful truths that demand attention. In the Saturday Age on 17 June, 2023, there were four different stories about child sexual abuse. All in one day in one newspaper. The AFL was …

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June 23, 2023

Pride month: Challenges for LGBTQI+ children and young people in care

‘Pride month: Challenges for LGBTQI+ children and young people in care’ blog article was written by Tayla Howard (she/her), Team Leader of Therapeutic Services and OurSPACE NSW at Australian Childhood Foundation. June is recognised as Pride Month, a time of celebration and commemoration of the LGBTQI+ community. Pride originated because of the Stonewall riots in …

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June 21, 2023

Little inspirations that sustain us

‘Little inspirations that sustain us’ blog article was written by Chris Cussen, Lead – Product Development, Content Creation, and Projects in the Therapeutic Services team at Australian Childhood Foundation. I like to collect quotes and write them on post-it notes that I stick to the bottom edge of my work computer screen. I find glancing at …

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June 7, 2023

Journey into darkness: reaching the heart of therapeutic storytelling

‘Journey into darkness: reaching the heart of therapeutic storytelling’ blog article was written by Skye Bekaert, Therapeutic Specialist from the Therapeutic Services Tasmania team at Australian Childhood Foundation. The power of storytelling to help children to heal from difficult experiences is something I believe in deeply. Australian Childhood Foundation recently published Bella’s Story, which I co-created with a …

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May 16, 2022

7 Reasons why you can’t miss our International Childhood Trauma Conference 2022

This ‘7 Reasons why you can’t miss our International Childhood Trauma Conference 2022’ blog article was written by Jessica Speck, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Australian Childhood Foundation.      The fourth biennial International Childhood Trauma Conference, 31 July – 5 August 2022 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, is fast approaching. We can …

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April 11, 2022

When Listening Saves Lives: What Young People’s Experiences of Mental Health Care Can Teach Us

‘When Listening Saves Lives: What Young People’s Experiences of Mental Health Care Can Teach Us’ blog article was written by Lyn Millett, Executive Manager, Professional Education and Safeguarding Children Services and Jessica Carter, Lead Knowledge Mobilisation, Safeguarding Children Services at Australian Childhood Foundation.   Every day, a growing number of young Australians present to the emergency departments …

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