• Evolution of ACF's Therapeutic Services in Tasmania

    As the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) celebrates its 30th birthday in 2016, we have been reflecting on our journey in Tasmania.  Child Trauma Service Tasmania’s Manager, Sonya Pringle Jones highlights some of the turns and steps in the journey so far.

  • The impact of trauma on sibling relationships

    A growing body of literature supports the critical role of siblings in helping children and young people in OoHC maintain a sense of continuity with family.  Here, Noel MacNamara explores the literature and the gaps within it, highlighting how trauma damages the capacity for children and young people to benefit from relationships with adults, and from the growth of healthy sibling connections.

  • What comes after trauma-informed practice?

    Knowledge of the neurobiology of trauma has shaped our work for at least 15 years now.  We have advocated that being trauma-informed is essential... but what comes next? Foundation CEO Dr Joe Tucci shares his projections of what the field of childhood trauma needs now.

  • Shame Matters

    What is shame? Why is it present in so many therapists sessions?  How should clinicians approach it?  These questions and more are tackled by Suzette Misrachi in 'Shame Matters'.

  • Permanency and Stability in Out of Home Care

    We recently had the opportunity to submit to the Victorian Enquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendments (Permanent Care and Other Matters) ACT 2014 (Permanency Amendment Inquiry). In the submission, we highlighted our experience working with children placed in Out of Home Care in Victoria, as well as our strongly held belief that permanence promotes stability. 


  • Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport

    What needs to be addressed to make Australian sport safer for children and young people?  Monique Blom shares about how the Safeguarding Children Program are now working with the Australian Sports Commission,  aiming to review, analyse and commence next steps for implementing a safeguarding approach to children and young people, based on the endorsed standards of the ACF Safeguarding Children Program.

  • 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.

  • Untying the Knot

    Have you ever wondered how trauma impacts care systems?  In what ways can the emergent properties of fragmentation or integration change the service outcomes? Dilip Balu poses this question and shares his thoughts on the ability for such a system to consistently provide care that helps clients also achieve health and integration.