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.

November 26, 2020

Christmas Isn’t Always Fun for Kids in Care

This article was written by Noel MacNamara, Executive Manager, Research & Policy at the Australian Childhood Foundation and Deputy Director, Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in the fun and happiness of Christmas and forget that, for others, the season isn’t necessarily a joyful one. For some …

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October 28, 2020

Creating safety through small acts of reconciliation

This blog article was written by Sue Buratti, Program Manager, Therapeutic Services, NSW.  “At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians”. (Reconciliation.org.au) OurSPACE is a new program in the NSW landscape. It was funded in October 2019 and started receiving …

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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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