Prosody Blog

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

June 1, 2018

Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future

A new Aboriginal-led project aims to learn how to identify and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents who have experienced complex trauma in their own childhoods. 

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May 31, 2018

The story of Matti – why good service design in Therapeutic Residential Care means better outcomes for children and young people in care.

An exploration of Australia's need for good service design in Therapeutic Residential Care, when done well results in better outcomes for children and young people in care.

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May 21, 2018

Problem Sexual Behaviours in Children Under Twelve – what do we know and what do we need to know in supporting our residential care workers

Residential care workers are immersed in the sharp end of child protection work, charged with caring for children displaying complex trauma based behaviours, often including problem sexual behaviours. Are you an Australian based residential care worker? Here is an opportunity to build insight, understanding and improve resources for residential care workers who are supporting children or young people engaging in problematic sexual behaviour.

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April 12, 2018

Australia’s National Therapeutic Care Alliance – Part 1

An exploration of Australia's need for a National Therapeutic Care Alliance to clarify collective thinking, resource quality research and explore complex practice and standards for Australian children and young people in Out of Home Care. 

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December 15, 2016

The impact of trauma on sibling relationships

A growing body of literature supports the critical role of siblings in helping children and young people in OoHC maintain a sense of continuity with family.  Here, Noel MacNamara explores the literature and the gaps within it, highlighting how trauma damages the capacity for children and young people to benefit from relationships with adults, and from the growth of healthy sibling connections.

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November 30, 2016

How much?! New study reveals the cost of maltreatment in Australia

A new study published last week has released updated estimates on the lifetime costs of child maltreatment in Australia and the results are distressing.

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October 20, 2016

Child abuse and suicide: a harmful correlation – Part 1

Part 2 in the series looking at the strong correlation between suicide and early childhood sexual assault. We thought we’d take the opportunity over two blog posts, to discuss the research literature and then share some ideas about how we might contribute to better work with this vulnerable population.

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October 20, 2016

Child abuse and suicide: a harmful correlation – Part 2

Part 2 in the series looking at the strong correlation between suicide and early childhood sexual assault. We thought we’d take the opportunity over two blog posts, to discuss the research literature and then share some ideas about how we might contribute to better work with this vulnerable population.

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March 17, 2015

A public health approach to child protection: the need for data

In this blog entry Karen Broadley and Chris Goddard from Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia argue the need to develop an effective child protection surveillance data system to help reduce overburdened child protection systems. 

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