Attachment, Trauma and Abuse Resources

The ‘Staying Safe’ resource – a video series that inform the community about the need to respect people with disability and to prevent abuse and neglect.  According to research the level of abuse and neglect that people with disability experience is alarmingly high and this needs to change. The best way to prevent the abuse of people with disability is by informing them about their rights and encouraging them to speak up. Another prevention strategy is through raising public awareness of the abuse and neglect of people with disability within society (VALID).

Reporting child abuse and neglect – Information for service providers. This resource sheet provides information to service providers and practitioners working in the child, family and community welfare sector on how to report suspected child abuse and neglect. It defines child abuse and neglect, and provides contact details for the reporting authority in each state and territory. (Child Family Community Australia).

Community Trauma Toolkit – This toolkit contains resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event. It will help you understand some of the impacts of disaster and how you can help lessen these impacts. (Emerging Minds).

Trauma responses in children aged 0-24 months – by Emerging Minds.

Trauma responses in children aged 2-4 years – by Emerging Minds.

Trauma responses in children aged 5-12 years – by Emerging Minds.

CETC-Practice-Guide-Creating-positive-social-climate-and-home-like-environments – This guide explores how to create therapeutic care contexts based on considerations about the notion of ‘home’, key features of the physical environment and the core aspects of the social climate which are critical to establishing a home-like environment and a sense of normality for young people in care (Australian Childhood Foundation).

Supporting children in families with complex needs: Nine tips for practitioners who feel out of their depth – a practical resource for those working with children and families. This practice paper outlines ways in which you can develop confidence in supporting children and families (Emerging Minds).

Attachment security, children with disabilities, and the role of Early Childhood Intervention professionals – short paper (Stacey Alexander, Margarita Frederico & Maureen Long, March, 2019).

The effect of trauma on the brain development of children: Evidence-based principles for supporting the recovery of children in care. CFCA Practitioner Resource— June 2016 CFCA Practitioner Resource— June 2016.

Trauma-informed Care and Practice Organisational Toolkit (TICPOT) – A FREE quality improvement audit and implementation resource for developing a trauma-informed organisational and practice culture. By Mental Health Coordinating Council.

Understanding safeguarding practices for children with dis.ability when engaging with organisations – This resource explores how an understanding of abuse and neglect, relating to children with disability, can assist in establishing child-safe organisations. CFCA Practitioner Resource by Sarah Wayland and Gabrielle Hindmarsh. 2017.

What is child abuse and neglect – The purpose of this resource sheet is to provide practitioners, policy makers and researchers with a working definition of child abuse and neglect. It provides a general definition of child abuse and neglect and definitions of the five commonly regarded subtypes. Child Family Community Australia (Sept 2018).

Developmental differences in children who have experienced adversity: Practitioner Resource, Sara McLean, May 2018. Child Family Community Australia.

Speak Up and Be Safe from Abuse – Abuse is not ok. Everyone has the right to speak up. Scope was supported by the Victorian Government to produce a communication toolkit and resources for people with communication difficulties, to support people identify and report abuse.

Understanding safeguarding practices for children with disability when engaging with organisations. This resource explores how an understanding of abuse and neglect, relating to children with disability, can assist in establishing child-safe organisations, Child, Family, Community, Australia .

The Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Complex Trauma & Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery – Blue Know Foundation 2012.

To my Teacher… A memo from a child in foster care.

Australian Childhood Foundation – Free downloadable resources for professionals to use in their practice.

Taking Time: a trauma-informed framework for supporting people with intellectual disability. Resource. December 2015. The Taking Time Trauma-Informed Framework has been developed to guide service providers who support people with intellectual disability.

Taking Time: Background for trauma informed framework for supporting people with intellectual disability. Report. December 2015. This Literature Review explores definitions and perspectives in relation to trauma and disability, and considers the data on the prevalence of both.

Facing Tough Times – Supporting your family through life’s tough times 2015. A resource from the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss an Grief Network.

Responding to children and young people’s disclosure of abuse – A practitioner resource March 2015.

Neglect or emotional abuse in teenagers aged 13-18 – a leaflet summarized research. 2014.

Centre for the Developing Child, Harvard University. Working Papers Series on early brain development, emotional regulation, resilience, attachment –