Prosody Blog

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

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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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 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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January 14, 2016

Children’s Rights, Adults Responsibility – Part 3

In Part 3 of our series on Children's Rights, Pat Jewell asks the question "Where are children under 5 years in the 1989 UNCRC?"

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December 17, 2015

Children’s rights, Adult’s Responsibility – Part 2

Part 2 in our series on Children's Rights looks at understanding article 12 of the participation rights and its implications.

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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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November 5, 2014

“The right to think and believe what they want”

Article 14 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that “Children have the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, so long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide children on these matters.”

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