Prosody Blog

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

November 8, 2019

Team Hufflepuff: Making People Feel Welcome

This blog post was written by Matthew Harvey, a Therapeutic Specialist at The Australian Childhood Foundation.    I remember being in my first Team Meeting. It was my fourth day at ACF and I didn’t know what we’d be discussing. I sat in silence rocking on my chair whilst taking in the room, the people …

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September 13, 2018

Child Protection Week

This blog article was written by Noel Macnamara, National Manager Policy and Research at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   It’s been over a week since child protection week. A great opportunity for us to reflect on how we care for the more vulnerable children and young people in our community. I am reminded of the …

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August 28, 2018

How can parents feel support in their parenting role?

This blog article is written by Chris Hutchinson, Trainer and Consultant in the Parenting and Early Years Team at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   Parenting today has all types of stress and pressure and parents don’t need the added stress of unhelpful, negative comments even if they are intended as constructive advice. Parents should feel …

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August 22, 2018

Pioneering therapeutic foster care in Australia – Building our own evidence base about what works

Janise Mitchell and Joe Tucci explore the results of the recent TrACK Evaluation completed recently by Southern Cross University. They conclude with a commentary about the need to support locally developed initiatives. 

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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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September 18, 2017

Permission to Not Laugh: A Comedian’s Unspoken Traumatic Grief

In a recent interview (WNYC, 2016) with comedian, television and movie actor Michael Ian Black, I was struck by just how traumatized during childhood he seemed. Yet the word “trauma” was never uttered.

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February 27, 2017

When Summer holidays go wrong – preparing children for school after a difficult time at home

Senior Training Consultant, Donna Smyth explores a 5 step process to help children prepare for a return to school, when the holidays may have been a rocky time.

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October 2, 2015

Sinking Boats in Early Years Services

This entry by Jeanette Miller looks at how we can help children with transitions.

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May 20, 2015

How does a team make you a better trauma counsellor?

In this blog entry, Jaclyn Guest, Senior Counsellor with the Child Trauma Service, explores how working with a team helps support trauma work and prevent burnout.

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