Supporting Children and Young People to Heal from the Trauma of Family Violence


Learn to integrate and apply trauma informed knowledge and principles to supporting parents to re-shape their parenting approaches in the aftermath of family violence.

Children and young people do not escape family violence unaffected.  It  destabilises  the foundations of their development and undermines the strengths of their relationships which can overwhelm them.

Experiences of family violence define what children can say when and to whom. It dictates what they should think. It determines how they should react. It sometimes makes the truth a secret.  

For children, family violence often disconnects them from their family, their community and their place in the world. It disrupts how everything works. It forces their routines to be less certain, less predictable.  Children experience loss as a result of family violence. They sometimes have to leave behind their room, their home, their neighbourhood. Some have to change schools. They miss their teachers, their friends.

Finding the courage to leave a violent relationship and rebuild the life of their family requires mothers and children to meet many complex challenges. The aftermath of family violence can affect the ways in which children and mothers interact. It can affect the confidence of mothers to understand and meet the developmental needs of their children. In the mix, there is the need to understand whether to and/or how to involve the parent who has acted violently. This one day workshop explores all of these elements and supports practitioners to work in a child focused and relationally reparative context with parents and children following experiences of family violence.  It is grounded in the extensive work of the Australian Childhood Foundation in the family violence sector where their ongoing focus on supporting children who have experienced violence is long acknowledged and well respected. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Reviewed knowledge of core constructions of family violence,
  • Enhanced understanding of the neurobiological impacts of experiences of violence and trauma,
  • Explored the importance of relationships as developmental resources and opportunities for repair,
  • Engaged with practical strategies to reconnect parents and children in safe and nurturing relational exchanges,
  • Focused on the strengths that parents bring to parenting after family violence,
  • Linked the knowledge and interventions explored in this workshop to current and future practice


Target Audience

The workshop builds on a framework of the neurobiology of toxic stress and trauma as well as a hope-based resourcing model that acknowledges and builds on relational strengths.  It is suitable for all practitioners working with families who have experienced family violence.


Our Trainers

All training sessions delivered by Australian Childhood Foundation are facilitated by members of our therapeutic services and professional education services teams. These staff members are qualified and experienced professionals that are engaging in trauma-informed practice with children, young people and families across Australia. Training team members draw on their practice wisdom and current experiences to contextualise the training content to practice challenges and successes.  They are able to link the theory and research to improved outcomes.  

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Name Start Date Time Location Cost
Supporting Children and Young People to Heal from the Trauma of Family Violence 5 September 2024   10:00 am - 02:00 pm Virtual Classroom $165.00

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