• Increasing child participation in community contexts

    Children are vulnerable in communities that do not listen to them, that do not value their voice or opinions, that do not conceive of children as having the capacity to meaningfully contribute to society. Vulnerable, because these attitudes or cultural approaches mean that they can be overlooked, minimised or left unheard or unbelieved.

  • I killed my fish

    As a Child Psychologist working with traumatised children, I hear a lot of stories, some of which are sad or cruel, some unbelievable or amazing. These stories provide me some insight in the different ways these children experience the world. It is my challenge to unravel the story and try and discover the key to why this story is so upsetting or overwhelming to them. Sometimes that leads to an unexpected outcome.
  • 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. 


  • Think before you post! Reducing the risk when posting pics of kids online.

    Many children under the age of nine were born with a digital footprint in existence before they even left the womb.  These children inherit their digital profiles as a work in progress from a parent - who may or may not understand the dangers and vulnerabilities that such a profile can create. Here, Australian cyber security expert Susan McLean shares her cautions and recommendations with those who work with children and families.

  • Don Dale : Beyond Anger

    Reflecting on 'Australia's Shame' and the outrage that has followed the airing of the Four Corners episode, Lauren Thomas considers what we as a group of professionals working with vulnerable children can do.

  • Where is Article 12?

    Knowledge in the field of neurobiology has dramatically changed therapeutic work with trauma.  But does this focus also contribute to a bio-medical model of work that can lead to a breach in children's rights? Where children’s trauma is more likely to be managed medically rather than in an engaged manner with their ability to share their own experience and have input into therapeutic process? Here Mary Jo McVeigh considers the place of human rights in the trauma therapeutic discourse. 

  • Why being trauma informed matters beyond trauma

    Prosody Blog Melissa Raine

    Dr Melissa Raine considers how Australian culture understands children, how trauma informed responses might impact work with all children, and how the discussion is pertinent to a forthcoming symposium on 'Children's Voices in Contemporary Australia'.

  • #childtrauma2016 CEO reflections - Day 5 & Beyond

    Last week we hosted the 2016 International Childhood Trauma Conference, each day a member of our ACF team shared their reflections from the day at conference.  For day 5, and beyond, our CEO Dr Joe Tucci considers what we have learnt, and what it might mean for children in Australia.

  • #childtrauma2016 reflections - Day 4 - Marina Dickson

    Each day of the 2016 International Childhood Trauma Conference, a member of our ACF team will be sharing reflections from their time at conference.  For day 4, Program Manager Vocational Training and Education, Marina Dickson discusses how 'chronic small events accumulate to big effects'.

  • 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.

  • What does it mean to be Child Centred?

    Anyone who has worked with children in a professional setting will likely have heard the term ‘child-centred’ used to describe an approach, a policy or a way of working with children. It is written into legislation around Australia and seen as a desirable way of approaching child protection by many.  Some organisations – like the Foundation – also describe themselves as being child-centred as a central principle informing all that they do.  But what does it mean?

  • What if the world hurts?

    What if your teacher’s voice feels like a dentist drill? What if the walls of your classroom feel like they are crowded and moving? What if the seam on your sock drives you to distraction and makes it almost impossible to listen to what is being said to you? Beth Guy looks at the topic of sensory defensiveness and what it means for children and young people as well as those who support them.

  • Leaves of Hope

    Perhaps you have asked yourself how you might impart hope with your clients? An outcome of change for children, bringing with it possibilities for fun, enthusiasm and optimism, it is possibly also something we struggle to pinpoint for ourselves as we journey with clients. 

    In this blog entry, Lauren Thomas shares a story of hope found in the recovery process of a young person we've worked with.

  • Safe and Secure

    A free, downloadable trauma informed practice guide for understanding and responding to children and young people affected by family violence.

  • "The right to think and believe what they want"

    Article 14 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that

    “Children have the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, so long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.  Parents should guide children on these matters.”