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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.

December 18, 2023

Christmas time when glad tidings of joy should abound, and love be with us all

‘Christmas time when glad tidings of joy should abound, and love be with us all’ blog article was written by Noel Macnamara, Deputy Director Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care (CETC), a division of Australian Childhood Foundation. This blog article was originally published on the CETC website.  Christmas, for many, is an exciting time of year. …

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May 5, 2023

Creating safety through small acts of reconciliation

‘Creating safety through small acts of reconciliation’ blog article was written by Sue Buratti, Program Manager, Therapeutic Services, NSW at Australian Childhood Foundation. 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. OurSPACE is a program in the NSW landscape. …

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March 28, 2023

NSW has a new government – here are six actions Labor can make to transform out-of-home care

‘NSW has a new government – here are six actions Labor can make to transform out-of-home care’ blog article was written by Kelly Royds, Head of Knowledge Mobilisation and Innovation at the Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care (CETC).  The new premier, Chris Minns, and his team have promised a “fresh start” for NSW, and …

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February 23, 2023

New report reveals NSW out-of-home care system under enormous strain

‘New report reveals NSW out-of-home care system under enormous strain’ blog article was written by Australian Childhood Foundation. The NSW out-of-home care is in deep crisis, with some of the most vulnerable children and young people in state care not receiving enough support or stability from the system they rely on. A report released by …

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October 26, 2022

Asked but not heard: The importance of listening to young people in out-of-home care

‘Asked but not heard: The importance of listening to young people in out-of-home care’ blog article was written by Kelly Royds, Head of Knowledge Mobilisation and Innovation at the Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care (CETC).  “I have been asked. I don’t think I’ve been heard like 95% of the time” – Young person interviewed in …

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July 27, 2021

The Story Of Their Life: Supporting young people in care to make sense of their world

This ‘The story of their life: supporting young people in care to make sense of their world’ blog article was written by Jennifer Gay, Team leader, with contributions from the wider Victorian Therapeutic Services team at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   For many of the young people in Out-of-home care their lives have been characterised …

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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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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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