Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma in the Classroom

SMART online

What is SMART Online?

The SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma) Program is an online learning course that focusses on supporting children and young people in a range of educational and other settings.  The course is free and can be completed at your own pace – it should take approximately six hours of total student time.

The SMART program was funded by the South Australian Government Department for Education, as part of the Keeping Them Safe child protection reform agenda. It seeks to enhance the capacity of the school and early childhood personnel to effectively respond to the needs of children and young people who have experienced abuse and trauma.

PLEASE NOTE: SMART Online is currently being redeveloped.  The current course will only remain accessible until March 2020.  New or existing students will not be able to transfer progress into the new course, so we encourage you to complete SMART study by this time.


What will SMART teach me?

Effective intervention and protection of children and young people relies upon a sound understanding of the impact of abuse-related trauma, comprehensive risk assessment frameworks based on current research and an ability to implement support plans for children and young people that not only reduce the risk they are exposed to but also promote their recovery from the harm they have experienced. Risk and safety assessments need to be integrated into practice at every stage of intervention with a child or young person.

The SMART Program consists of integrated professional development opportunities including knowledge and skill-building seminars and an interactive online learning package.

Who developed the SMART Program?

The SMART Program was developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation in partnership with the Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia and the Indigenous Health Unit at Monash University.


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