Prosody Blog

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

August 22, 2018

Good Goodbyes

How can we best support children when the therapeutic relationship is ending? What does a good goodbye involve? Child and Family Counsellor Symon Oliveri reflects through her own personal journey and guides us through her unique ways of reaching a positive ending. 

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August 20, 2018

Intentionally Supporting Residential Care to Become Therapeutic in NSW – ACF and SCU awarded contract to launch an Australian first Resource Centre

A new exciting project which has been contracted by the NSW Government stands to transform the way in which therapeutic residential care is provided to young people. An Australian first, this intermediary resource centre will guide all providers of Intensive Therapeutic Care and showcase the importance of relational ways of understanding how young people can be best supported.

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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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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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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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July 9, 2015

Residential Care – Changing the culture one word at a time

Here, Geoff Moore, a Team Leader in our Therapeutic Care Program, reflects on the power of words to build culture, and to change it - especially in the Residential Care Sector.

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