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Specialist Training

Research tells us that many Australian children experience trauma and this can have a lifelong impact. 

  • In 2021-2022, one in 32 Australian children had some contact with child protection. Contact includes investigations (which may or may not lead to substantiated child maltreatment), care and protection order and/or out-of-home care placements.

  • The Australian Child Maltreatment study interviewed 8500 Australians aged between 16 and 65+ and found that 62.2% had experienced one or more types of maltreatment prior to the age of 18.

About our specialist training

Our training covers specialised areas that our principal consultant, Helen Haydock, identified as learning needs amongst other professionals during her career providing counselling and support to children, families and organisations.

About our workshops

Our workshops can be delivered on site or online. All workshops are interactive, allowing time for discussion around how the material applies to your organisation. Even though the content may seem confronting our workshops are easy to understand, engaging and practical. 

Why specialist training matters

When it comes to child safety, staff need to understand what to look for and what to do if they have concerns. Organisations need a range of strategies to prevent harm and protect children. The more safeguards an organisation has in place, the better equipped they are to protect children.

Training themes

Self care

Many professionals working with children may themselves have experiences of trauma and may find working with children who have experienced trauma particularly distressing. Staff wellbeing is an essential consideration when addressing an organisation's capacity to support children who have experienced trauma.

Trauma in the Classroom

This two hour workshop assists staff to understand the types of trauma children can experience, recognise what trauma can look like in a classroom setting and develop an understanding of why some behaviours occur. We discuss strategies to support children in a classroom setting who have experienced trauma.

Sexual behaviour in young children

Understand the difference between age/developmentally appropriate sexual behaviours and concerning/harmful sexual behaviours in young children. Develop strategies for responding to concerning/harmful sexual behaviours in young children and understand the actions required to keep all children safe.

Child protection

Children who have experienced complex trauma may also be involved with child protection. This workshop looks at responding to disclosures from children or families or concerns about at risk children with the aim of strengthening capacity when responding to disclosures or engaging with Child Protection.

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