Prosody Blog

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

March 27, 2018

Helping kids with a history of prenatal substance exposure

Many of the children who enter into out of home care have a history of prenatal substance exposure. Some children will be born addicted and require hospitalisation as they withdraw from these harmful substances. However, some of these children do not experience withdrawal and present as a relatively healthy newborn. Irrespective of whether a baby experiences withdrawal, there are a number of long-term developmental and behavioural consequences often associated with prenatal substance exposure.

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January 12, 2018

It Takes a Village – Shared Care – A place in out of home care

For practitioners working to support vulnerable children, young people and their families, a task is allocated to our collective endeavours whenever new evidence surfaces that has the potential to deepen our understanding of children’s needs and their experience of relationships. We are required to make sense of it, evaluate its relevance and ultimately, if helpful, make it count in our practice.

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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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November 17, 2016

Residential Care in Australia

There has been ongoing concern about the safety and quality of children’s experiences in Australia’s residential care systems for a very long time. The ABC Four Corners program that aired last week, 'Broken Homes', is another example of the concerns that have been expressed by many. We heard again about the lack of safety experienced by the young people and the failures in the system to support staff. The program raised many questions about child protection systems in Australia. This blog reflects on some of those questions.

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November 3, 2016

How Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy can be applied in Out of Home Care

Dr Sally Denning shares a case study highlighting how the use of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy helped one young boy in Out Of Home Care to progress in his journey of healing.

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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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July 19, 2016

What on earth is placement stability in residential Out of Home Care?

Young people in residential care often display incredibly hard to manage behaviours, and finding a placement that works for them among all the other young people with their own combination of the hard to manage behaviours is really hard.  Jenna Bollinger discusses what placement stability might - and may not - mean when applied to residential care. 

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August 13, 2015

Placement transitions in Out of Home Care

Undertaking planned transitions for children in out-of-home care is essential to minimise further trauma and relationships disruption.  In this blog entry, Drew Browning explores how these transitions can be planned and managed to support best outcomes. 

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December 30, 2014

Principles of Out of Home Care Reform – Part 1

Part 1 in a series of posts discussing principles of Out of Home Care reform.  Here, Janise Mitchell discusses the principle which - in her view - is one of the most the most critical outcome measures of success of any out of home care system. 

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November 21, 2014

The legacy of Robin Clark

Robyn Clark provides an on-going inspiration for all who work to promote the rights of and the protection of children in Australia. Here Noel Macnamara reflects on the impact she still has on his own work, and how her legacy might inspire us all.

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