Prosody Blog

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

October 17, 2018

Short term work with children who have experienced family violence and homelessness

This blog post has been written by Cat Albert and Vanessa Gravina of the Resilient Kids, Resilient Women project. Prior to joining the Resilient Kids Resilient Women (RKRW) project, I was the type of practitioner that highly doubted the efficacy of short term interventions withtraumatised children. And to be honest, some days I still carry …

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March 15, 2018

Increasing child participation in community contexts

Children are vulnerable in communities that do not listen to them, that do not value their voice or opinions, that do not conceive of children as having the capacity to meaningfully contribute to society. Vulnerable, because these attitudes or cultural approaches mean that they can be overlooked, minimised or left unheard or unbelieved.

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May 11, 2017

I killed my fish

As a Child Psychologist working with traumatised children, I hear a lot of stories, some of which are sad or cruel, some unbelievable or amazing. These stories provide me some insight in the different ways these children experience the world. It is my challenge to unravel the story and try and discover the key to why this story is so upsetting or overwhelming to them. Sometimes that leads to an unexpected outcome.

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December 5, 2016

Permanency and Stability in Out of Home Care

We recently had the opportunity to submit to the Victorian Enquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendments (Permanent Care and Other Matters) ACT 2014 (Permanency Amendment Inquiry). In the submission, we highlighted our experience working with children placed in Out of Home Care in Victoria, as well as our strongly held belief that permanence promotes stability. 

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October 24, 2016

Children’s Week – Students share their artworks to communicate the message of Children’s Rights.

This week is Children's Week - celebrating the rights of all children to enjoy childhood.  In this entry we have selected a shortlist of artworks submitted to us by young people in Victoria.  Each artwork is accompanied with the artists own description of their work. 

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September 12, 2016

Think before you post! Reducing the risk when posting pics of kids online.

Many children under the age of nine were born with a digital footprint in existence before they even left the womb.  These children inherit their digital profiles as a work in progress from a parent - who may or may not understand the dangers and vulnerabilities that such a profile can create. Here, Australian cyber security expert Susan McLean shares her cautions and recommendations with those who work with children and families.

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August 12, 2016

Looking forward – a commitment to better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

An exploration of the 6 principles the Australian Childhood Foundation has committed to in support of better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

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August 8, 2016

Don Dale : Beyond Anger

Reflecting on 'Australia's Shame' and the outrage that has followed the airing of the Four Corners episode, Lauren Thomas considers what we as a group of professionals working with vulnerable children can do.

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August 3, 2016

Where is Article 12?

Knowledge in the field of neurobiology has dramatically changed therapeutic work with trauma.  But does this focus also contribute to a bio-medical model of work that can lead to a breach in children's rights? Where children’s trauma is more likely to be managed medically rather than in an engaged manner with their ability to share their own experience and have input into therapeutic process? Here Mary Jo McVeigh considers the place of human rights in the trauma therapeutic discourse. 

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July 6, 2016

Early sexualisation and pornography exposure: the detrimental impacts on children

Guest blogger, Melinda Tankard Reist discusses the impact of a pornified world on our children.

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