Prosody Blog

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

May 12, 2017

Why ’13 Reasons Why’ needs to be discussed

We invited Jason Trethowan, CEO at 'headspace' to write for us this week on the topic of the recent Netflix series 'Thirteen Reasons Why'. He also shares a valuable tool they have developed to assist adults to talk with young people about the show and it's themes.

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January 9, 2017

“I will die without my music”

Young people love their music. It is a well- researched and documented phenomenon.  Here, music therapist, adolescent specialist and guest blogger Carmen Cheong-Clinch explores the relationships between young people, their music and mental health care.

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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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October 8, 2015

Child Centred Practice Part 4

In this, the fourth article in our series, we will look at why an understanding of child development is important to organisations aiming to be child centred in their delivery.

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August 24, 2015

Mental Health, Young People and Trauma

Increased diagnosis in mental health may be masking our understanding of, and response to, behaviours that are really manifestations of trauma writes Alexa Duke.

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May 5, 2015

Shame

Have you ever thought about how children, young people and adults have come to hold onto a platform of Shame? Here, Deb McKenzie shares how in her role as an educator and school counsellor, she often wondered how to best help support a young person who held onto such a negative image of themselves.  This concern has taken her on a journey of learning around the topic.

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March 20, 2015

Porn and the changing face of clinical risk assessment – Part 2

How pornography may distort your risk assessment of children & adolescents who sexually harm. The second and final entry in the series, this time also looking at a clinical case study.  

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March 19, 2015

Porn and the changing face of clinical risk assessment – Part 1

How pornography can distort clinical risk assessment of children & adolescents who sexually harm

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March 5, 2015

Sexting and Young People

If you work with young people, you no doubt know about sexting – the act of sending nude or provocative pictures via text on mobile phone or social media.  What you may not know is that doing so amounts to a criminal offense under Commonwealth Law, even if all parties are willing.

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January 28, 2015

How to help young people navigate the new school year

9 things you can do to support traumatised young people as they embark on the new school year.

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