• Doolann Leisha Eatts - Because of her, I can.

    Glenda Kickett honours her mother, Doolan Leisha Eatts.  A strong a strong Whadjuk and Ballardong woman raised on a mission in Western Australian. Doolan overcame much to raise her siblings, her children and serve her community as an elder and keeper of culture and language.  Glenda has taken the opportunity offered by NAIDOC week 2018 to share why she celebrates her Mum, knowing that it is because of her, that she can.

  • Changes to Child Safe Legislation in Victoria

    Amendments to the Child Well-being and Safety Act came into effect on the 27th February 2018, and are designed to clarify the operation of the Reportable Conduct Scheme and Child Safe Standards.

  • Introducing School Services Program Part 1

    In late 2016, The Australian Childhood Foundation introduced a new program to its organisational structure – the Schools Services Program. The SSP was established as a result of the growing demand within the Education sector:  individual schools, regional areas and at a departmental level to become Trauma Sensitive environments.
  • 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.

  • Changes to NSW Child Protection Legislation

    On 2 November 2015, The NSW Government introduced reforms to strengthen the protection of children, particularly in situations where they are not in the care of their parents or families. These changes have been made under the Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2015 and affect all employers and organisations providing child-related services with roles that require a Working With Children Check (WWCC) clearance.   A summary of the changes, as provided by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian can be found in this blog entry.  

  • 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'.

  • #childtrauma2016 reflections - Day 3 - Lisa Ranahan

    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 3, Program Manager for Therapeutic Care, Lisa Ranahan considers the range of key messages that stood out for her. 

  • #childtrauma2016 reflections - Day 2 - Noel MacNamara

    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 2, our National Manager of Research and Policy, Noel MacNamara reflects on his own experience.

  • #childtrauma2016 reflections - Day 1 - Janise Mitchell

    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 1, our Deputy CEO and Conference Co-Convenor Janise Mitchell discusses the thoughts arising from her time in Professor Michael Yellow Bird's masterclass.

  • Resource Highlight - The 3D Brain

    Several years ago, when I first started working at the Foundation, our CEO Joe Tucci recommended I check out an app that I still use to this day.
  • Corporate Partnerships - What are they really about?

    Corporate Partnerships As a not-for-profit organisation working with and for our community, connections and support are vital to us; they are the lifeblood of our existence. In fact, for us at the Foundation in particular, there is an interesting echo of our work with children in what we also seek to create for ourselves as an organisation. 
  • Meet the Speaker: Stephen Porges

    At what age did Dr Stephen Porges become interested in non-verbal communication? Find out in our interview with him in the lead up to the 2016 International Childhood Trauma Conference.

  • Meet the Speaker: Dan Hughes

    What was the spark that started Dan Hughes down the path of Psychological practice? Find out in our interview with him in the leadup to the International Childhood Trauma Conference.

  • Does trauma-informed = stronger practice?

    In this interview, Deanna reflects on her experience of studying the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma and the personal and professional outcomes that continue to influence her contribution to the sector.
  • The Whole Brain Child Review

    Here, guest blogger and parent Beck Lambert shares her review after reading and implementing "The Whole Brained Child" with her family.

  • Review of a golden oldie!

    Here Lynne Kennedy, Senior Training Consultant in the ACF Parenting Education and Support Program, reviews a book now in it's 30th edition that still holds relevance today. 
    "HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN AND LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK"